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Changing Fuses to Beakers

Question: How hard is it to change an old electric box that uses fuses into a new electrical panel using circuit breakers? Can just anyone do this or is there instructions in doing it? Or is an electrician needed?

Answer: In order to change out your old fuse box to a new breaker box, you have to be able to turn off the power to the old box. In most cases there should be a main switch located close to the fuse box that does this.

Be aware that changing the fuse box to a circuit breaker box does NOT provide you with more power. The amount of power you have is subject to the electrical service provided by your electrical utility. If you need more power to your home you will definitely require an electrician, as a permit will have to be obtained.

Additional information on changing a fuse panel to a circuit breaker panel.