The fuse box commonly goes unnoticed by homeowners since it’s not often used. This metal box has a hinged cover which keeps the fuses protected. A majority of homes built between 1960 have fuse boxes while homes built after incorporate a circuit breaker box.
This box controls the electrical flow to the home and if an overload occurs, the fuse attached to the circuit will blow. Many of the boxes include a main switch which controls power to the entire home. It’s important that homeowners know 3 things:
1. where the fuse box is located
2. what type of fuses your box is using
3. if your main switch is operating properly
*Be sure to test your main switch 3 times annually to ensure it is working.
Inside of the box you can find a few threaded spaces that look like light sockets called Edison sockets. Your fuse screws into these and some fuses have an adapter called a Rejection Based which are snapped inside of them. Common fuses are SL & TL. The SL has a Rejection Based already installed while the TL is a fuse with a regular Edison base. These are great for home use because they handle momentary power overloads.
For more information regarding fuse boxes, contact the team at Cardoso Electrical Services.