Do you know how to change a fuse? Are you changing fuses quite often? This may be because your home is an older house on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane and still has ceramic fuses. Ceramic fuses are “old school” form of electrical protection for the home. These are the sort where you run fuse wire around some screws (usually in the dark while holding a torch) before plugging them back into your fuse box. It is important to note that they provide short-circuit and overload protection, limited protection to your property and no protection from electric shocks.
However, from time to time these to time these fuses can blow and it is useful to know how to replace the fuse
If, however your fuses short circuit on a regular basis it also probably time to invest in a more modern system.
Fuse boxes need to be replaced or upgraded if they are:
If your house is 25 plus years you probably have the old ceramic fuses with fuse wire in the fuse box. If this is the case, it is definitely time to upgrade your fuse box to one with circuit breakers that protect both people and your property.
Modern circuit breakers are combination safety switches and circuit breakers. Briefly, these protect single circuits from shorts, overloads and electric shocks. This means any problem is confined to that one circuit and will not take out the circuits for the rest of your house.
Remember only safety switches save lives. Circuit breakers and surge protectors protect appliances not people. So by installing a modern fuse box you are saving both yourself and your buildings.
Fuse boxes, like most things to do with old houses, vary from house to house.
With new homes, there are a number of legal requirements regarding location and access of fuse box. The fuse box must less than 2 metres from the ground. It must also be within 2 metres of the front of the house to be readily accessible for meter readers. Be aware that if you need to upgrade your fuse box because of it’s age or safety, and the location does not comply with legal requirements, then the box may need to be relocated. This will all take longer to do.
In all situations, it best to call us for a quote.