Why are circuit breakers better than fuses?

Answer On the face of it, circuit breakers and fuses do much the same job: They both safely interrupt an overloaded circuit. Circuit breakers have safety advantages over fuses, however, as well as some pr... Read More »

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Upgrade from fuses to circuit breakers?

Ask a local electrical contractor for written estimates. Get estimates from several different contractors and then price the material at a big box store. Be sure the same brands are used from th... Read More »

How to Determine when to Use Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (Af Circuit Breakers)?

AFCI or "Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters" are the latest in electrical safety devices for dwellings. AFCI standards were introduced in the 1999 NEC (National Electrical Code) and are required in new... Read More »

How many circuit breakers are in a circuit breaker panel?

The number of circuit breakers in a circuit breaker panel is determined by the expected need of all appliances and outlets in the house. It is recommended that more breakers be installed than you'... Read More »

Do circuit breakers go bad?

Circuit breakers can go bad. If breakers are tripped continuously they may weaken over time. One symptom of a worn breaker is that it does not reset. In addition, the breaker may easily trip or not... Read More »