Fuses and circuit breakers both essentially perform the same function: they prevent short-circuit or overload by disrupting (or breaking) electrical currents that channel to any connected devices. Fuses, however, are one-time use. When they detect that a current is running at too high of a level, the fuse will melt, interrupting the flow of electricity. Circuit breakers simply have to be reset.
While there’s nothing particularly wrong with fuses, they are outdated; designed for an age when homes didn’t have so many things plugged into the electrical outlets. These days, fuses can actually pose a fire hazard, and many insurance companies will actually refuse to insure homes that still use fuses. If your home has a fuse panel you may want to consider an electric panel. We now offer a full line of electrical services and would love to provide you with a free in-home quote.
During the summer months a ceiling fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool you off via a wind chill effect. Fan speed should be on medium or high.
During the winter months the fan speed should be set to low and reversed (blades turning clockwise) to help draw room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air out and down.
A ceiling fan is just like a light, it won’t do you much good if you are not in the room so make sure you turn it off if you are leaving the room for any length of time.
A breaker that keeps tripping is usually caused by one of three things. The first reason could be there are too many electrical items plugged into the circuit. Circuits are designed to only handle so much electric demand. The second reason is there could be a short in the wiring, or the third reason is the breaker or fuse could be faulty. It is recommended that an electrician evaluate the problem to make sure there are no safety issues. Your electrician can also talk with you about adding more circuits to your home so that your electrical system can support all your needs.
Don’t take chances with your home’s electricity. Electrical issues are one of the top causes of house fires. Don’t just keep resetting that breaker! It might be trying to tell you something.