Many homes still don't have safe and adequate wiring in Crawford County, Illinois. If your home has fuses instead of circuit breakers, you have outmoded and potentially unsafe technology. If you're troubled by popped circuit breakers, it's time to update the service.
Fuses used to be considered more than adequate to keep house wires from overload. But as demands have increased, circuit breakers have become the standard. Like fuses, circuit breakers are designed to protect an electrical wiring system from overload by shutting down. That protects the house from fires and appliances from damage caused by more current flowing through the wires than they are able to handle. Fire insurance companies are particularly concerned that there be circuit breakers instead of fuses in place. An electrical wiring service upgrade to circuit breakers will probably save you money on your homeowner's insurance.
A safe, modern home also ought to have GFCI protection in bathrooms, outdoor receptacles, kitchens and anywhere else where the likelihood of electrical shock is great. These sophisticated electronic devices can detect malfunctions in wiring and shut down the circuit before anyone gets a bad shock.
If your breakers are constantly tripping, your lights flickering, and you’re only able operate one kitchen appliance at a time, it’s time to upgrade or replace your electrical panel. Also, when adding major appliances and/or circuits you may need to upgrade the existing panel for more electrical support. Old panels and breakers stop functioning properly, and may not trip when the circuit is overloaded. If you live in an older home, chances are good that your electrical system was built to outdated code standards. Hence your electrical system may already be working near or beyond its intended capacity.