Updating fuses to breakers

05 Oct

This panel may be a fuse panel or a circuit breaker panel.These panels have certainly changed over the years.Think about what we have nowadays and add them up: multiple televisions and DVRs, computers, clothes dryers, electric ranges, air conditioners or heat pumps, microwave ovens, refrigerators, surround sound systems, and then add in the lighting circuits.It doesn’t take long to figure out that the electrical needs of homes in the 21st century far surpass those of homes that were wired in the 1920s.Your home is powered from the electric company via the service entrance.

Circuit breakers, on the other hand, have predetermined limits also, but trip when they exceed the limit and are able to be reset.By Matthew Steger, ACI, WIN Home Inspection Think about what homes from the 1920s had in them that required electricity.Now, think about what we have in our homes today that depend upon electricity. Back in the 1920s, most of a home’s circuits were lighting and a few basic appliances.The wiring providing power to the refrigerator, also serves the lighting, and probably other receptacles in the kitchen.The wire is too small to provide sufficient current to all the outlets, thus causing the lights to dim. In other words, the electrician will install a second wire from the panel to supply current to some of the outlets presently served by only one wire.