Electrical systems have been a part of people’s homes for well over a century, and have undergone a great deal of changes over the years. Older, more unpredictable systems were replaced by technological breakthroughs that made electricity safer and more reliable to use. Among those innovations was the move away from old-fashioned fuse boxes and towards a newer circuit breaker system. Most homes have breaker boxes instead of fuse boxes, but in Shoreline, WA, electrical systems go back far enough so that some homes still use the old-fashioned fuse box. If your home is among them, you need to replace it with a circuit breaker box as soon as possible. Why? Here are a few reasons you should upgrade your fuse box
- It may not be up to code. Washington State and the federal government have strict codes on the use of safe wiring. Even if your box is up to code, it might not be safe, especially if it’s particularly old or damaged. Electricity is nothing to play around with and if your fuse box present a safety hazard, then you need to upgrade it for the safety of your household.
- It’s inefficient. Every time a fuse blows, it needs to be replaced with a new one: a time-consuming process that requires some electrical know-how. Breakers, on the other hand are designed to be used multiple times: restoring the power is simply a matter of flipping a switch in the box, rather than removing and replacing a blown fuse.
- It can improve the value of your house. Older wiring systems tend to be a drag on resale price, since they reflect poorly on the safety of the house. A new system not only provides more reliable electricity, but can improve your home’s resale value, perhaps even offsetting the cost of installation in the process.
In Shoreline, WA, electrical installations and upgrades can be conducted by the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We can discuss reasons you should upgrade your fuse box, then perform the operation with efficiency and care. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!