At Electric Services Los Angeles, we can install, repair, and replace your fuse panels panel for your residential or commercial property.
Fuse panels 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.
Fuse panels 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.
Question: I have old fuse panels in my home, are they safe or hazardous?
Answer: For the most part fuse panels are safe, much depends on the age, the environment it is located in such as a basement that is always damp, how it was treated over its life, the biggest hazard in fuse panels is human error, when the wrong size fuses are put in, when fuses are loose, or turned to tight, to loose can result in arcing, to tight can damage the contact point which will lead to arcing, arcing causes permanent damage and will progressively get worse, and can possibly even eventually lead to a panel fire if not attended to.
Question: I have an old fuse panel and hate it when a fuse pops and / or I don’t trust it any more what can I do?
Answer: The best is to change it to a breaker panel, with a flip of a switch the circuit can be back on, no more fumbling in the dark for fuses, no mistakes in putting in the right size fuse (therefore eliminates that fire hazard).
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