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Fuse Box Dangers

Understanding electrical wiring and the type that is present in your home is key to protecting your safety and the safety of the wiring in your home.

The presence of fuses indicates that your electrical service was installed over 30 years ago. This wiring was installed to meet the electrical needs at that time. With the added power demands in today’s world, such as appliances, and office and audio visual equipment, this older wiring may not be adequate. A certified electrician or licensed electrical contractor should be hired to inspect the electrical system. This inspection will identify the electrical demands needed and any corrections that are necessary. This should be completed, at a minimum, once every three years.

When a fuse blows, more often than not, the blown fuse is the result of an overloaded circuit. This means that there is too much electrical demand on the circuit. If the fuse is continually blowing, there is a much more serious problem and a certified electrician or licensed electrical contractor should be hired to correct the problem.

An all too common practice to stop a fuse from continually blowing is to install a higher rated fuse in the circuit. For example, replacing a 15-amp fuse with a 20-amp fuse. This is a recipe for disaster, as this allows for more current into the circuit than it was designed for. This can lead to overheating of the wire and probably fire.

Another extremely dangerous situation is inserting copper / metal tubes (fake fuses) with cartridge style fuses since this does not provide protection from current overload. If the circuit is not protected properly, you are increasing the potential for a fire to occur as well as electrical arcing and electrical shock.

If a fuse needs to be replaced, always install properly matched fuses. If the fuse is continually blowing, do not hesitate to contact an electrician. John's Electric, Birmingham's #1 electrician, will provide you with solutions to protect your home and family from electrical dangers.

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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

Very dependable, professional, friendly and just good at what he does. John wired an addition for us and repaired my breaker box. He is friendly and trust worthy. I had no problem leaving full access to our home while we were away. I highly recommend him and his phone number will remain in my contacts. Job well done! Thanks again.

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What an amazing electrician Aubrey is!!!! He is honest and he charges reasonable! Never tried to upsell me once and I never felt taken advantage by him! Was the only electrician that came as soon as I called and was always upfront about everything! All the reviews about him are true! That's how I found him and he's proven to be everything everyone has said! Call the best so you can get great service!

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Mr. Teele arrived quickly, diagnosed our outage problem and fixed it that same afternoon. We have an older electrical system that many other electricians simply won't work with. But Mr. Teele confidently made repairs and even called to check on us the next day to ensure all was working well.

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Aubrey did an excellent job with moving our electrical main service. He coordinated with Alabama Power and the Hoover inspectors and everyone was there when they should be. He knew that we needed a special disconnect and ordered the right one. We gave him a key and trusted him to be in and out of the house and yard when he needed to. He kept us informed, did a quality job and went over and above to come out to check on things for us after hours one evening and teach us a few things. Reasonable price as well. A true professional and I will recommend him again.

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