Inspection Training

Electrical Fuse Panels

The problem with an old fuse panel is not the fuses, fuses are as safe as beakers, (breakers are more convenient since you can reset them instead of replacing the fuse), but old fuse panels are typically undersized for current electrical loads in a home. As the demand increases on a circuit some homeowners will replace the fuses with the wrong amperage that is too large for the electrical conductor that it services or adding multiple circuits to one fuse (double tapping or double lugging). These practices create the potential for the panel to overheat and create a fire hazard. Many insurance companies will typically charge a premium for homes with these older fuse panels. Inspectors should recommend that old fuse panels be further evaluated and updated to current standards to be able to handle the current electrical needs of the home. This upgrade ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 dollars.