How Do I Know Whether My Home Uses Circuit Breakers or Fuses?
Posted on November 29th, 2014
Your home will most likely use either a circuit breaker or fuse system to protect your house and family in case of an electrical surge
. These unexpected surges in electricity can be dangerous and result in fires or electrical shocks without a mechanism to interrupt the flow of electricity. Both fuses and circuit breakers serve this function.
When a fuse is blown, the filament inside it melts, effectively and quickly cutting off power. However, the fuse will then need to be replaced. On the other hand, a circuit breaker resembles a panel of sturdy switches. When a circuit trips, the switch pops over to the other side and can be reset by simply flipping it back. A qualified electrician can tell you more about the safety and convenience features regarding fuses and circuit breakers, as well as perform any electrical repairs
that may be necessary.