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Circuit Breakers vs. Fuses vs. Electrical Panels: What Are the Differences?

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Circuit Breakers vs. Fuses vs. Electrical Panels: What Are the Differences?

As a homeowner, it's essential to understand the various components that make up your home's electrical system. And while a licensed electrician should always be consulted for any electrical repairs or installations, knowing what each component does is still helpful.

This blog will explain the differences between circuit breakers, fuses, and electrical panels.

Circuit Breakers

A circuit breaker is a safety device designed to protect your home by automatically shutting off the power when an electrical circuit is overloaded, short-circuited, or damaged. Circuit breakers act as a switch that breaks the electrical circuit in the event of an electrical fault, preventing further damage. Once a circuit breaker trips, it must be reset to restore the power. Common reasons for circuit breaker trips include plugging in too many devices at once or malfunctioning appliances or equipment.

Fuses

A fuse is also a safety device designed to protect your home from electrical overload or damage. Like a circuit breaker, a fuse acts as a switch that breaks the electrical circuit when an electrical fault occurs, preventing further damage from occurring. However, unlike circuit breakers, fuses must be replaced once they trip. Fuses are less common since circuit breakers are easier and quicker to reset.

Electrical Panels

An electrical panel is a metal box that contains both circuit breakers and fuses along with the main power switch for the entire home. Electrical panels help to distribute power throughout the house while keeping it safe and preventing electrical malfunctions or fires. Panels also make it easy for homeowners to shut off the power to specific areas of their home as needed, for example, during renovation or repair work.

Always Work With an Experienced Electrician

Our team at All Electric Services has the experience and expertise to help you better understand the components that make up your home's electrical system and ensure that all your wiring meets safety standards. Contact us today at (407) 890-7782 to get started!

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