Advances in technology are changing the world as we know it. Within the electrical industry, technological advances prove to be functional and convenient. One of the most notable advances is the circuit breaker. Years ago, many houses were developed with fuse boxes. Although they were great at the time, circuit breakers have proven to be a better alternative. If you have a fuse box and you want to switch it to a circuit breaker, keep the following tips in mind.
Tip #1: Before You Switch, Upgrade Your Power Supply
With the development of circuit boards, many households were able to utilize more power. Now, you don’t have to make a judgment call on what appliance needs power because circuit breakers can handle more power before the power trips.
During the age of fuse boxes, many households had to be mindful of their power usage because they could potentially blow a fuse. Fortunately, many people typically had fuses readily available. Nonetheless, circuit breakers are more convenient.
With a larger supply of power coming through the circuit breaker, you will need to contact your electric provider so they can upgrade your power supply. If you leave it as is, you may not get the full benefit of your upgrade and it could be a safety issue.
Tip #2: Do Not DIY This Project
Whether you think you are capable of changing your fuse box to a circuit breaker, you should reconsider the idea. Only individuals who are licensed as electricians should be tampering with the power in your home. Handled incorrectly, you create another problem with your electrical or worse, you could start an electrical fire in your home. Licensed electricians have the knowledge and experience to easily complete the project, so you should spend the extra money to ensure that your electrical system is installed correctly.
Tip #3: Consider Rewiring Your Home
If you are replacing a dated fuse box, then it is very likely that you have old, dated electrical wiring in your home. Old wiring can easily be a safety hazard for you. Since the potential for arcing and causing a fire is increased, it’s in your best interests to switch out all the wiring in your home as well as your box.
Additionally, it is very likely that the wiring in your home doesn’t meet the standards that are currently in existence. It’s likely that changing some of your electrical system will require you to change everything to ensure it meets local regulations.
Replacing outdated electrical components of your electrical system is a good idea. By replacing the fuse box with a circuit breaker, you get more power in your home and you don’t have to worry about replacing a fuse when one blows. It is important that you hire a professional to ensure that everything associated with your electrical system is up to code and in proper working order.