One of the most helpful options for service upgrades would be the addition of overload protection. This safety feature is increasingly being built into many electrical systems to prevent damage. When an excessive amount of electrical current flows through a circuit, it can lead to electrical shocks and fires. To avoid this risk, an overload protection system is designed to detect when too much current is running through an electrical line. The system will then immediately shut off power to that circuit before it overheats and starts a fire.
Overload protection can be provided by various devices, including circuit breakers, fuses, and thermal protectors. Circuit breakers are the most common type of devices and are installed in a home’s electrical panel, automatically disconnecting an overloaded circuit. Fuses, on the other hand, melt when the current exceeds a certain level, breaking the circuit. Thermal protectors work by sensing rising temperatures and shutting off the power when they get too high. To determine which option would be best for your home, speak to our experts at B & W Electric.