Have you ever hired a professional to come in because something was broken only to have that sheepish, embarrassing moment when you realize all it needed was a simple flip of a switch or twist of a knob to get things up and running again? When it comes to electrical problems, a professional is always a good idea if you don’t know what you are doing. However, at Lamm Electric, we believe there are basic things everyone should know about their own systems; for example, knowing when you require fuse box repair or when the fix is simple.
The first thing you need to know is where your fuse box is. This may seem obvious, but we’ve seen the confused look on enough people’s faces when we asked to see their fuse box that we know not everyone is familiar with its location. In most homes, it will be located in the garage. You will then need to know if it is a circuit box or a fuse box. If there are toggle switches, it’s a circuit box. One of the minor problems that you can address yourself with fuse box repair is replacing a fuse, so the next time you are at the hardware store, you might want to purchase a few extra fuses to keep them on hand. Before the need for fuse box repair arises, you may want to check your box to make sure it is labeled with which room each fuse belongs to. This will help you avoid the guessing game when a problem does arise. Also consider keeping a battery-powered flashlight and rubber gloves close by for emergencies.
When a fuse blows, the first thing you’ll want to do is unplug anything that is powered by the overloaded circuit. Make sure to turn off the main breaker within the fuse box. You can tell which fuse blew by finding which glass top is cloudy. Carefully unscrew the broken fuse and replace it with a new fuse of the same amperage. These fuses should be quite easy to remove. After you have replaced the fuse, turn back on the main power breaker. If it immediately blows again, then you need to call in an electrical professional. If it works, then you can safely plug back in the appliances you unplugged.
For minor matters regarding fuse box repair, you can easily fix them yourself with a little familiarity about the ins and outs of your fuse box. For more help with understanding the system, or for help with more serious repairs, call us today at Lamm Electric.