It only takes a few minutes to replace fuses and instead of having an electrician come out and charge you hundreds of dollars in the process, you can learn how to change them yourself. This will also help you to become a more self-sufficient homeowner.
As a homeowner, it is important for you to know all there is to know about your home. You may think that you can simply outsource many of the responsibilities of being a homeowner, but what happens when you are trying to become sell the home or are in need of some information about the home and you can not get ahold of anyone who knows what to do? Learning about this issue in your home will enable you to know which appliances are harmful to your home. This knowledge will also enable you to save money by not having to call an electrician every time your lights go out or something suddenly stops working.
The first thing you need to do is to find out where the electrical circuit box is inside of your home. In some homes, this box is located in the basement near the furnace, but in others, this box is located in the master bedroom. Do not be surprised if you have looked everywhere in your home and you have yet to discover its location. If you have thoroughly searched your home and you can not find it, you may want to check your garage. There is no correct location for a box, as long as it is not near any water or an area where there is moisture. Open the box and look to see if your home uses electric circuit breakers or fuses. If your home uses electric circuit breakers, there will be several switches inside of the box.
Now that you have discovered the location of the box and know that your home does, indeed, use fuses, you want to make sure that you have an ample supply of them. There is nothing worse than blown fuses and not having any replacements around. Before you run out and purchase some them, check to see what kind your home uses. There are several different types and they are categorized by the amount of amperage it provides.
There are some precautions that should be taken anytime someone is about to go into the box. These precautions can prevent you from being injured and even save your life. Keep a lamp, lantern, or flashlight stored near the box at all times. In the event that it is blown and your lights go out, you want to be able to see what you are doing and make sure you are replacing the right fuses.
Never go anywhere near the box if the floor is wet or there is water present. You should already know that water and electricity are a dangerous combination and if you happen to be standing on damp ground or in some standing water, you can experience a nasty electrical shock or even worse. If you can, purchase a pair of leather gloves to wear anytime you handle the box. This will help to prevent you from being shocked from any sparks of electricity.