Circuit Breakers and Fuses | Best Pick Reports

In the electric service panel, each circuit has a circuit breaker or fuse designed to interrupt the flow of electricity when too much current is drawn through the circuit. Generally, newer panels use circuit breakers, while older panels use fuses. The service panel has one main circuit breaker or fuse to shut off all power to the house in case of an extreme emergency. Once a circuit breaker is tripped or a fuse is blown, some of the appliances that caused the problem should be turned off before the circuit is reset. Switching a tripped circuit breaker all the way to the off position and then back to the on position resets it. Blown fuses must be replaced, so spare fuses should be kept on hand. Fuses come in different sizes for different circuits. For safety reasons, a burned-out, low-amp fuse should never be replaced with a higher-amp fuse.