Fuses and circuit breakers are safety measures designed to interrupt the power to a circuit when the flow is too great for the system to handle. For example, when your blow-dryer shorts out, the circuit breaker will trip. This protects the wiring in the walls from melting and a fire from starting.
The fuse contains a strip of metal that melts when the power exceeds the rated value. The metal causes the fuse to blow (or circuit to trip). A fuse must be replaced after it trips. A breaker on the other hand, is more complicated. Instead of melting, the wire bends, pulls the electrical contacts apart, and causes the breaker to trip. Each time a breaker is tripped, it is damaged a little. Eventually the breaker needs to be replaced.
As breakers and fuses are the only thing standing between your home and a fire, it is important that they are functioning properly. Many people attempt to replace a fuse or replace a breaker, but unless you know what you are doing, this is risky. The fuses and breakers are located at the main service panel. As you cannot turn off the power to the panel, you are working with live electric if you attempt to replace a fuse or circuit breaker. Take the safe route and give us a call instead of doing it yourself. Leo’s Electric Corp. can quickly take care of the problem and get your electric up and running
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