Breakers and Fuses
Breakers & Fuses for California Homes
Breakers and fuses are fundamental components of your home’s electrical system. Your electrical panel functions like the heart of your home, “pumping” electricity to rooms throughout your whole house. Breakers and fuses are like veins and arteries, making sure electricity is properly and evenly distributed to different areas.
Common Circuit Breaker Problems
Occasionally circuit breakers will trip in any home. But if your breakers are continuously tripping, it could be a sign of a much bigger problem. Some of the most common circuit breaker problems include:
- Miswiring – If your electrical wiring is outdated, or if faulty wiring was installed by an unprofessional source, it can lead to all sorts of problems throughout your house. One of the most noticeable ways this problem can manifest is in your circuit breaker turning off when it shouldn’t, or electricity continuing to run through the current when the circuit is switched off. Faulty electrical wiring is a serious fire hazard, so if you suspect this could be the problem, call a professional immediately.
- Electrical Load – Most problems with your breakers are caused by overloaded circuits. If you demand more power from your circuit than it can handle, your electrical panel will shut it off to keep it from overheating. Often the solution to this problem is to install dedicated circuits for specific appliances, like your HVAC unit.
Common Fuse Problems
If your home has a system with fuses instead of breakers, you may encounter your own unique set of difficulties. Some of the most common fuse problems include:
- Miswiring – Once again, wiring problems can cause major damage to many different components of any electrical system. Each fuse is designed to connect to one wire, but often multiple wires will be connected to a single fuse lug. Our expert electricians can assess your fuse box and wiring and recommend whether installations or replacements need to be made.
- Over Fusing – After a fuse is blown, it has to be replaced with a new one. If the replacement fuse is undersized or oversized, it can cause overloading and lead to electrical hazards. Our team has the expertise to determine whether the right type and size of fuses have been installed in your panel.
- Age – Since modern homes are built with circuit panels rather than fuse panels, electrical code requirements are updated based on circuit systems. This means that fuse panels will not meet the minimum established electrical code requirements and are therefore inherently less safe. If you suspect you are experiencing problems with your fuse panel, give us a call right away.
Protecting your home from fire or electrical shock is essential – and maintaining the primary tools in your electrical system is the best way to ensure this safety. If your breakers or fuses need service from licensed professionals, give us a call at Home Team Electric!