If your home has a fuse box, it means it has older wiring. This is not automatically a bad thing—the wiring put in was up to code at the time of installation—nor does it mean your home is unsafe. If the fuse box malfunctions, you can choose to have it repaired instead of replaced with an upgrade to a circuit breaker panel.
However, is this actually the best choice? You may wish to look into replacing the aging fuse box with a new electrical panel. We’ll explain why this might be the better option. For a professional opinion as well as the necessary electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We have many years of experience working with fuse boxes and circuit breaker panels.
Switching From Fuses to Circuit Breakers
A fuse box and wiring can wear down over time like anything else in a home. If your house is old enough to have a fuse box, chances are strong that it and the wiring are starting to deteriorate and will begin to malfunction more and more often. You can expect to require a larger number of repairs, and in the long run it isn’t worth it to keep patching up a fuse box and aging circuitry.
An old fuse box will also have trouble keeping pace with growing household energy demands. When the fuse box was first put it, there were lower voltage demands on the circuits in most houses than there are today. Your home likely uses more power than it did only 10 years ago, and the fuse box may not be enough to handle this higher power load.
Finally, fuse boxes are simply less convenient than circuit breaker panels. Instead of replacing fuses when they get blown, you only have to reset the tripped breaker.
Replacing a fuse box with a circuit breaker panel does more than simply tear out one component and put in a new one. The wiring around the panel will probably also need to be replaced with upgraded wiring so that it matches the capacity of the new installation.
Keep that old wiring in mind as well. This might be a good time to schedule a whole-house re-wiring to go along with the circuit breaker. This will bring your home up to current electrical code requirements, offer more efficient power, and lessen issues from outages.
We strongly urge homeowners who still have fuse boxes to make the change to the modern electrical panel.
Call on G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to help you make the choice and then perform the installation work so you can avoid unnecessary electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA in the future.