Simple Fuse Box Guide For Homeowners

The fuse box is the catalyst for all the power coming into your home. Sometimes called the breaker panel, it operates as a switchboard for your lights, outlets, and appliances. In this post, we’ll tell you a little more about fuse boxes, and why they are so important to your home comfort!


It’s important to understand the different types of fuse boxes. Here are a few ways to know what type your home has:

  • A traditional fuse box has disposable fuses that protect the circuit from overloading. Turning off a circuit actually involves removing the fuse. If the fuse itself blows or burns out, it will need to be replaced.
  • Breaker panels are in more modern homes, but are sometimes still called fuse boxes. Instead of using an actual fuse, circuits can be turned off or on by simply flipping a switch. Breaker panels are also set to automatically trip the circuit in the event of a power surge. Breakers can easily be reset following an outage.


Let’s take a look at the parts of a fuse box you need to be familiar with.

  • The main switch allows you to turn off power for your entire home.
  • Residual current devices will cause the circuit to trip in the event of a power surge or other potential hazard.
  • The fuses are lined up side by side. You can identify a blown fuse if it appears melted or scorched. Fuses are easy to replace, but make sure you use an exact duplicate. Like with all electrical work though, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure the work is performed safely.
    • Common types of fuses:
      • Type-T
      • Type-S
      • Cartridge
  • Circuit breakers are the beauty of breaker panels. They should be clearly labeled with on/off switches. When a breaker trips, it will flip halfway in between off and on. To restart it, turn it all the way off, and then back on.


The Bosworth Company offers a  full line of electrical services, including work on fuse boxes. Whether you’re in the market for an upgrade to a breaker panel, or are having an issue with frequent tripping, our certified professionals can help. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always.