If you have an older home, there's a good chance that your home still has an old fuse box that requires you to physically replace a fuse when it goes bad. These days, homes are built with breaker boxes, which have circuits that can easily be reset without needing to replace them individually. Old school fuse boxes can be upgraded to a modern breaker box with help from an experienced electrical contractor--but is the investment worth it for you? There are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Debating the Cost of the Upgrade
Replacing an existing fuse box with a breaker box can be a costly project, usually costing around $1,000 (though this will vary depending on where you live). With this in mind, you'll want to consider whether or not the investment is worth it for you. Keep in mind, too, that fuse boxes can pose a greater risk of electrical fire in your home and that upgrading to a breaker box will also increase the amperage capacity within your home. This means you'll be able to run more electrical appliances/devices at once without having to worry about blowing a fuse. For some, this may make it worth the cost.
Consider, also, that your home insurance company might give you a break on your premium when you upgrade to a circuit breaker panel, so this can help to offset some of the costs as well.
Will You Be Selling Your Home Soon?
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you'll be looking to sell your home any time in the near future, there's a good chance prospective buyers will be turned off from a house with a fuse box. Even those who put in an offer may request that you replace the fuse box with a circuit breaker at your expense. By taking care of this before you put your home on the market, you can make your home more appealing to a wider range of buyers.
Finding an Electrical Contractor
Whenever you're taking on an electrical project in your home, it is imperative that you hire electrical contractors. Upgrading to a circuit breaker box is never a DIY job. For safety reasons, you want to hire somebody who is certified and highly trained in working with circuit breakers. Otherwise, you could put yourself at risk of electrocution or your home at risk of electrical fire.