Q. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FUSE AND CIRCUIT BREAKER?
A. They both perform the same function, disrupting the flow of electricity when a fault is sensed. A fuse will have to be replaced once it has tripped, whereas a circuit breaker won’t need replacement. It is for this reason that circuit breakers are more commonly used.
Q. WHAT DOES THE TERM “SHORT CIRCUIT” MEAN?
A. When a wire carrying an electrical current comes into contact with the grounded conductor wire, or the equipment ground wire, excessive heat is created. If you see sparks in your electrical panel, you’ve likely witnessed a short circuit and you should have it checked by an electrician.
Q. IS MY ELECTRICAL PANEL UNSAFE?
A. An outdated electrical panel, often found in older homes, isn’t designed to meet the electricity demands of modern living. Today’s families love their appliances and electronics. If your home’s electrical panel is less than 200 amps, it’s time to enter the modern age with an upgrade.