Does the thought of trying to figure out whether or not your fuse is old intimidate you? Not to worry. This post aims to educate you on what a fuse is, and the dangers of old type fuses.

Firstly, a fuse is a conductive strip that’s designed to melt and break when there is an excessive flow of energy. This causes a gap in the circuit and stops the current from flowing through it. Older homes may have outdated electrical systems that are not capable of handling the energy demands of today.

The good news is that we can help!

Dangerous Habits

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Circuit Overload

Each electrical circuit has a maximum electrical load. This is the maximum amount of energy that can flow through the circuit before the fuse blows.

Once a fuse has broken, it cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced. This can, however, easily be avoided by not plugging too many appliances into a single outlet.

A Higher Rating

In the event of a blown fuse, its replacement needs to be of the same rating. Many think that by simply replacing it with a fuse of a higher rating, the fuse will not blow. While this concept may be true, you are solving a small problem by creating a bigger one.

A fuse of a higher rating only increases the fuse capacity and not the capacity of the entire circuit. This means that while the fuse will be able to handle an increased flow of electricity, the rest of the circuit and wires can not. This creates a huge fire hazard.

Risks of Old Type Fuses

Houses built within the first half of the 20th century had electrical systems installed that were specifically designed for the expected amount of electricity usage, at that time. With not many appliances using electricity, just a few circuits were necessary.

The problem comes in when older homes do not update their electrical system. Old type fuse panels have not been modified to serve today’s high energy demands, leaving your home vulnerable to electrical fires.

These systems may fail to trip in the event of a circuit overload or continue to send power to the circuit despite having been turned off. These systems have served their purpose so it’s time to lay them to rest.

Ask The Professional

An easy way to prevent a blown fuse is to know and understand your circuits maximum load. If you are unsure of whether your electrical system needs updating or if you are looking for someone to do the update – please don’t hesitate to contact us at 082 924 4775!