HOMEALL PROPERTIESBIG HOUSES FOR 6+BIG HOUSES FOR UP TO 6APARTMENTS FOR RENTVIEWING/LEASINGSUBLETS/ROOMS FOR RENTPARKING ONLYTHE APPLICATIONTHE LEASEUSEFUL TENANT INFONEWS AND OFFERSCONTACT USMAINTENANCE REQUESTS

ELECTRICAL SERVICE PANELS

The electrical service panel is generally located in the basement of houses, although individual apts. may have their own panel.  There are two types of panels: 

1.       CIRCUIT BREAKERS:  This system is set up where each breaker controls power to a group of lights, outlets and appliances.  

Circuit breakers protect the wiring and fixtures by turning off the power. If a fixture shorts out, or if a circuit gets overloaded, the breaker will "trip."

That cuts power to the circuit and protects the wires and fixtures from damage. The most common reason for a breaker to trip is too many appliances and lights on one circuit.

A tripped breaker usually looks like it's between the ON and OFF positions. To reset a breaker, turn it OFF and then ON again. If a service panel doesn't have breakers, it probably has fuses.

2.       FUSES:  Fuses perform the same function as a breaker, except when a fuse blows, it has to be replaced.

There are cartridge fuses and screw-in fuses. Cartridges look kind of like a shotgun shell. They mount in a little rack that pulls in and out of a bracket

Screw-in fuses screw in and out like light bulbs. Some have a glass window on top and metal threads on bottom.

When a fuse blows, its internal metal strip breaks and the window may get discolored. Be sure to replace a fuse with the exact same amperage-rated fuse.

Fifteen and 20 amp fuses are the most common size ratings. Some fuses have a smaller screw base and are called "non-tamperable, type-S" fuses.

The threads vary in size so they can't be accidentally replaced by another type. When you install a fuse, screw it in snug, and then give an extra 1/4-turn to make a solid connection.

Other fuses are rated as "slow-blow" or "time delay." They take a little longer to blow and are made to withstand short, extra surges of power -- like a motor starting.

When buying replacements, be sure to get the right fuse types. It's also a good idea to get a couple extra fuses of each type to keep on hand when working on circuits.

Each unit will be provided with working fuses and breakers.  Replacement of fuses due to tenant overloading of circuits is at the tenant’s expense.  Service calls to maintenance to replace fuses, in most cases, are a tenant’s expense.

This excerpt has been modified using information from HOMETIME.COM