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My circuits do not work right, is my electrical fuse box safe?

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Solve Old Electrical Fuse Box Problems: How Unbalanced Circuits may cause one of the cartridge fuses to blow which will affect half of the 120 volt screw infuse circuits.

Upgrading an Old Electrical Fuse Box

Electrical Question: I recently moved into a house that has a fuse box and is running window air conditioning units.

Hopefully this is enough information to get some ideas.
Thank you for your time.

Additional Comments: Great resource for people to get opinions before forking out lots of money on problems!
Background: Eric, a Handyman from Topeka KS.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Eric.

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3 Responses to “My circuits do not work right, is my electrical fuse box safe?”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Michael,
    There is a good possibility that a wiring splice in the outlet box where the electric heater was plugged into has become burnt and needs to be repaired. Turn off the circuit and check the wire splices in the outlet boxes and the wiring connections to the receptacle outlets. Look for loose or burnt wire connections and make the electrical repairs as needed, or have an electrician repair this circuit for you.

  2. michael says:

    I have a fuse that blew because a portable heater overloaded the circuit. I replaced the fuse but now only part of the circuit works. I have changed the outlets and checked all the fuses but still no power to the other side the socket. The fuse box seems to be getting worn out. Do you think that could be the problem?

  3. Albert says:

    i have a panel of eight Electrical meters on an apartment complex. Six units is getting half power and two are fully functional????????? what shall i do ?? I checked all the breakers in each unit and none are tripping, could it be a fuse in the main power supply outside next to my meters??