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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Fuse Panels

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Builders stopped installing screw-in type fuse panels in new homes by the 1960s, switching to circuit breakers that did not require replacement after each overcurrent trip. But lots of fuse boxes are still in use around the country more than 50 years later. Here’s links to answers for the questions we get asked most often about them:

Should I buy a house with a fuse panel/box?

 Are old fuse boxes illegal?

What are the code requirements for an old fuse panel/box? 

Why is a fuse box/panel an insurance problem for homebuyers?

Why are old electrical components not always "grandfathered" as acceptable by home inspectors?

Why is an old fuse panel dangerous?  

• Does a home inspector expect the  electrical system of an older house to meet current code standards? 

When did circuit breakers replace fuses in homes?

Why did circuit breakers replace fuses?

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