Tips for Fuse Box Repairs and Maintenance

Becoming familiar with your fuse box and the types of fuses inside it is an important step for planning ahead and being aware of the fuses it requires. With these tips, you can keep your home safe from electrical accidents. Know where it is and keep a battery-powered flashlight or lantern nearby it just in case something goes wrong. Make sure your fuse box is clearly labeled so you know exactly what does what. Clear, detailed labeling and knowing where the box is for easy access will save you time in case of a blown fuse. An overload from running multiple appliances and turning on another can cause a fuse to blow. If this happens, the electricity will probably go out in just one area instead of throughout the entire building or home. This function actually keeps your home safe since it cuts off the energy when there is too much to prevent fires from breaking out. Fixing a blown fuse can be simple as long as there are no complications. Make sure your hands are dry and there is no water underneath you. Take off any jewelry and consider wearing gloves and rubber-soled shoes. If there is a chance of electrical sparks, you might want to also wear safety glasses. If you doubt your knowledge or abilities, or if you are not aware of all of the safety precautions you should take, you should call a qualified electrician. Turn off all of the lights and unplug any electronics from the area that lost power. Then, turn off the main power source to disconnect the power going to the fuse box. The blown fuse may be melted or appear broken with a cloudy discoloration of some sort. Once the power is off, unscrew the blown fuse and replace it with one of the same size, shape, and power. It is important to get the same one so it doesn’t cause any more damage. Once secure, turn the power back on. If it blows again, call a professional to conduct an inspection. If it seems okay, try turning on some lights or plugging items back in (not quite as many this time). If it blows again, there may be a problem with a specific appliance or you may be asking too much of the electrical system. Call one of our specialists at My Electrician to pinpoint the problem.