Once a fuse is blown, you cannot simply reset it like you can a circuit breaker. It must be removed and replaced with a brand new fuse. This is dangerous for several reasons. You have to stick your hands into a small live electrical box to remove and replace the blown fuse, and often, these electrical boxes are in hard to reach areas. Not to mention, you're often working on them in the dark!
The vast majority of fuse boxes we've seen have oversized fuses installed on circuits that continually trip. This is a very dangerous fire hazard. When people overload a circuit, and have to go to the trouble of replacing a fuse, they often install an oversized fuse hoping it will take care of the tripping problem and they won't have to replace them as often. This creates a situation where the fuse may never blow, and as a result, the wiring within your home could easily overheat and catch fire because the fuse could not do what it was intended to do. Fuses are designed to blow open when they are overloaded and BEFORE an unsafe temperature in your electrical wiring can be reached. Replacing a fuse with an oversized fuse prevents the proper protection of a circuit.
If you have a fuse box in your home, and you're unsure about the size of your fuses or the safety of the fuse box, call Emerald State Electric today at 253-EMERALD (363-7253) or use our convenient online quote request form to get a qualified electrician in your home to inspect your fuse box and provide you with professional advice on what you should do to ensure it is safe.