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Fuse Box Replacement

Think of your fuse box as the heart of your home’s wiring system. A distribution board that distributes electricity to all of the circuits in the house.

You cannot tell from looking at the outside of a Fuse Box if it is in a satisfactory condition on the inside but you can see if it is old. A professional electrician can tell by removing the cover and making a visual inspection then performing various tests on the installation, and evaluating its condition to advise you whether or not it needs to be replaced.

How can you tell if your fuse box is outdated?

Older style units used fuses that were common before the arrival of mini circuit breakers (MCBs), which feature a single horizontal row of fuses. With the new style of consumer units, the need for wire and fuse replacement is eliminated. Consumer units include “toggles”. Toggles just require flipping back up when they trip, and are far more aesthetically pleasing than their older counterparts. There are some pre-1950 fuse boxes still in use, but the numbers are minimal and they need to be regarded with extreme caution, as exposed live parts are common and the fire and shock hazards are very real.

An old fuse box will probably not contain RCD or MCB protection (which is used to provide supplementary protection for people from the risk of electrocution and protection against the risk of an electrical fire and overcurrent protection of equipment and cables.) As a result, it will not offer the same safety coverage as it was probably designed before we started using as much electrical equipment such as microwaves, higher powered stoves and refrigerators and even large capacity hot water heaters. I have seen badly burnt fuse boards that look perfect on the outside but were close to causing a fire in the home.

Wiring regulations have changed a great deal in the last couple of years and have again been updated this year.

A fuse is designed to “break apart” when it is overloaded and an older unit will have a slower response time than what is needed to keep up with the current being pulled from today’s appliances. The new fuse boxes (now called consumer units) have circuit breakers/trips and RCDs - which means if there is a fault, it will disconnect the electric supply much quicker than older fuses do.

If you only had a routine structure survey conducted and not an in-depth electrical inspection, you could be risking the safety of your home. My professional electricians know to inspect the complete installation of your existing fuse box and know the precise regulations when installing a new fuse box.

For an inspection appointment, contact the professionals at John’s Electric today and one of our electricians will visit your home, perform an in-depth evaluation, show you where your risks are (if any) and provide you with solutions to maximize your energy efficiency and protect the safety of your home and family.

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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

Even though I thought the price was a little high the service was fantastic. Aubrey came right away and did a great job. He cleaned up all of the "mess". I can't tell you how much that was appreciated. I have had other contractors that left all of the packaging, etc when they completed their work--as if they just couldn't be bothered. it was greatly appreciated

Debbie B.

Had part of a circuit series of outlets/lights stop working while running vacuum. Was very pleased with service.... courteous....professional....good blend of knowledge and interaction.

Jim M.
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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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Fixed our outside meter box. Less than 2 hours work.

They did wonderful. Alabama Power was a little hard to deal with, but they arranged everything. Pretty good communication. I thought they were a little pricey, even with the coupon. They made the repairs and the power was back on in less than two hours.

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