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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 Most insurance companies won’t provide insurance with homes that have these outdated fuse boxes.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Modern Circuit Breaker Panels are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels.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 Another common electrical hazard that we see is: overloading or doubling up of circuits in outdated fuse panels and breaker panels.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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Latest Tips

Spring is the perfect time for an electrical safety inspection

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Electrical circuitry and panels tend to get ignored throughout the year and only get addressed when you experience a short circuit or electrical trips. As a homeowner, you may not know everything involved in the electrical circuitry of your home but there are still some questions you should ask your electrical inspector and Spring is the perfect time to do it!

No matter the size of the job, from changing out old electrical paneling to major renovations to your home or property, you should always ask your electrical inspector whether or not your home’s electrical fittings are up to date and in compliance with current regulations and building codes.

Secondly, be sure your electrical inspector pays attention to the safety of your electrical panel and makes sure that they are properly insulated to avoid electrical shock. Panels must also never be placed near damp or wet areas.

Understanding your electrical consumption is also important. Washing machines, televisions and air conditioners consume significant amounts of electricity, and it is your responsibility as the homeowner to be sure they are connected to the right circuitry to avoid electrical shorts or fluctuations in voltage.

Lastly, once the inspection is completed and any necessary repairs made, have your inspector run a double check to be sure all of your electrical circuitry is working properly. Ask your inspector to provide you with a complete report of all inspections and repairs done.

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Why is my main breaker on the breaker panel tripping all the time

Monday, April 17, 2017

Any of these issues can cause significant injury or death by electrocution or fire. If that consistent breaker tripping occurs in your home, try turning the breaker off and then on again. If it stays on, the issue may be resolved. If not, and the breaker still trips, try to determine which part of the electrical system is causing the problem. Your safety is of utmost importance. With any electrical issue, calling your electrician (and hey we know a awesome one...you can find that awesome electrician here) first can keep you out of serious danger.

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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, Inverness, 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

John's Electric did a very thorough,quick and thrifty job! I would absolutely recommend them for your electrical work! Bravo!

VJ Sazera
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Great company! He called and came out right away. They were on time, did a good job and gave me a good price! Very happy!

Deana C.
HomeAdvisor

They were prompt, professional and honest in their work.

wreck61
Yellow Pages

Solved a problem thus restoring my power to some areas of my house

Had a number of outlets not working and lost AC in 97 degree weather--he came twice the 1st time approx 1hr 20 minutes--wasn't able to locate problem---this I put on myself as I was unaware of putting a breaker box behind a vanity that hadn't been move since purchase of my house. Second visit after some search found problem 1hr

OK the skinny--I think he was professional--on time

Was upfront on costs

Problem once the second box was located was an easy fix so thought a touch high on price--that said it was upfront and had I had the answer to location as I should have I think the billing would be much lower so will put this on myself. In other words I don't think he would have ripped me off

Bonus was after having 4 others trying to blame AC and being told I needed a new one---he said everything in my problems was electrical--and viewing my AC said it was fine--no need of new unit--for the moment if right saving me $$$$

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