Want to Know What the Difference Is Between a Circuit Breaker and a Fuse? Part 1

Helpful Advice from Your Local Electrician on Your Homes Electrical System

 Big power overloads can have the potential to damage electrical equipment, or in more severe cases, create a fire hazard. A fuse and circuit breaker are in place to protect against overloads, by cutting the continuity, or flow of electricity. How they do this differs from one another. A fuse is a piece of metal which will melt when it becomes overheated, but a circuit breaker comes with an internal switch, which will be tripped by any surges of electricity. Fuses are faster at an interrupting power flow, however, they will have to be replaced, and circuit breakers are simply reset.

 There are several different kinds of fuses that residential and commercial structures use, however, the most common is made from metal wire or a filament, which is encased within a glass, ceramic or metal casing. In residential homes, the fuse is plugged into a fuse box, this is where the building’s wiring will pass through. When electricity is working normally, the fuse will allow the power to pass across the filament; should an overload happen, the filament simply melts, thus interrupting the electricity flow.

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