The fuse boxes are the equivalent of the circuit breaker’s electrical service panel in that it is a metal box with a hinged cover that houses and controls the incoming electrical service and distribution to branch circuits within the house. It provides overcurrent protection through the use of fuses.
The fuse boxes will have threaded sockets into which the fuses will be screwed. These large threaded sockets look like light bulb sockets and are called Edison sockets. They are named after Thomas Edison who, like everything else we take for granted, invented them.
The types of fuses that go into these sockets however are several. There are fuses that have Edison bases, and fuses that have a socket adapter that screws into the Edison base, but the fuse itself screws into the adapter base. These are called “S” fuses and are also called “tamper-proof” fuses with Rejection bases.
If you have fuse boxes in your house that you think needs upgrading, please feel free to call Electric Services Los Angeles for a complimentary estimate.
How Do I Know When I Need to Replace My Fuse Boxes?
There are several reasons why your fuse boxes may need to be replaced:
1.It is old.
2.I can almost guarantee it is overloaded. Any house nowadays requires more circuits than the old fuse boxes hold.
3.It will increase your resale value.
4.Some homeowners insurance companies raise your rate, or even cancel your policy.
if you have one. (it just happened to a customer of mine recently)
5.They are a known fire hazard, because people oversize the fuses, and the wires can get very hot, without blowing the fuse.
6.It is somewhat difficult to tell if a fuse is blown, compared to a breaker.
7.There is no room for new circuits, whereas a new panel could have 42 spots
(yours likely has less than 12).
8.When a breaker trips, you don’t need to run out to the store and buy a new one.
9.Looking at the face of the fuse boxes, you can not tell what is the proper fuse size. The cover needs to be removed to determine wire size.
10.Changing fuses can occasionally be hazardous. I have been shocked when inserting a fuse, because it was wired backwards.
For a free estimate, please contact Electrical Services Los Angeles today!