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Fuse Box Upgrades

Fuse Box Upgrades

Many older homes in Birmingham have old-style fuse boxes or panels. If you have one of these older style fuse panels, then you know how inconvenient they are. It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon; all your friends are over, and you are watching your favorite football team. There is 30 seconds left on the clock and the quarterback throws the ball and in midair, your TV screen goes blank.

So what happened? Well, if you have a fuse box then you know exactly what happened. I fuse went bad. So you race to your fuse box and locate the bad fuse, take it out and install a new one. A snap of a few sparks and a quick whiff of ozone, and you are back in business, but by now, you missed the very end. We have heard many stories just like this in the past.

Simple fact is that fuse boxes, although good at the time are becoming extinct. Most insurance companies won’t provide insurance with homes that have these outdated fuse boxes. You might be curious to why. If so, then take a minute to read how having a new panel with circuit breakers can benefit you today.

When you compare a fuse box to an electrical panel that has circuit breakers, it just does not compare.

Modern Circuit Breaker Panels are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels. Circuit breakers provide more protection than the old screw in fuses.

Circuit breakers protect every device in the house with sensitive circuitry that responds quickly if there is a fault, opening the circuit and eliminating the risk of danger and fire.

There is also excellent protection available in the form of Ground-Fault Circuit Breakers and Arc-Fault Circuit Breakers. Fuses cannot give you protection like a GFCI and AFCI breaker.

Older equipment and wiring within your home did not have to support the modern appliances of today’s time. Another common electrical hazard that we see is: overloading or doubling up of circuits in outdated fuse panels and breaker panels. Unfortunately, this leads to fires or burnt up appliances and circuits.

By upgrading the source of power distribution to your home by installing new circuit breakers you can eliminate this potentially dangerous situation.

Here are some reasons to upgrade your old fuse panel:

  • Reduce the chance of an electrical fire.
  • Eliminate doubled-up circuits.
  • Eliminate the need to replace fuses, or the chance to install the wrong size of fuse, which is a common fire hazard.
  • Capacity to add additional circuits in the future.
  • Increase the resale value of your home.
  • Be able to get homeowner's insurance.

There are many affordable options on replacing your old fuse box. John's Electric will give your home a thorough evaluation and will help you to decide on whether you should have your outdated fuse panel replaced with a modern circuit breaker panel.

By upgrading your old, outdated fuse box, it will ensure that you get the most out of your home’s electrical system and help avoid electrical hazards.

Did you know? John's Electric gives FREE Second Opinions on all Fuse Box Repairs! If an electrician or handyman has told you a course of action to take regarding your fuse box repairs and you just want to make sure, please contact us for a free second opinion!

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

I had a strange electrical issue in my home, and I was expecting it to be an expensive repair. Aubrey came out very quickly, ran some tests, and knew exactly what it was. He repaired it for a fraction of the cost of what I was expecting. I will absolutely call John's Electric any time I need a professional electrician. I highly recommend this company.

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Aubrey, the owner, came out and explained everything clearly. He had honest prices and great work.

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Aubrey was very helpful, explaining things as he went and making sure that everything worked good before he left.

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I called because of the great reviews, and was not disappointed. I told Aubrey what was going on and he knew right where the problem was. He communicated well when he would be here and scheduled time with the power company to shut off the main power to replace the main breaker.

I appreciated that Aubrey took the time to make sure that everything was working before he left.

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