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tamchris 04-30-2011 10:21 PM

fuse box
 
i am in process of buying a home and they tell me there is a 60 amp fuse box in it but it has a hot water tank, proper plug in for electrical stove (stove is there), proper dryer plug in and an oil furnace. is this possible to be on this fuse box. the outside also has a digital meter. is it possible there may be another fuse box in the home i overlooked .i have a picture to show the fuse box but not sure how to attach it thank-you

hayewe farm 04-30-2011 10:27 PM

You don't say have big the fuse box is. It could have enough fuses for what you listed or there could be other fuse boxes in the house. Most small homes will use less than 60 amps unless they are fully electric.

jamiedolan 04-30-2011 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by tamchris (Post 639936)
i am in process of buying a home and they tell me there is a 60 amp fuse box in it but it has a hot water tank, proper plug in for electrical stove (stove is there), proper dryer plug in and an oil furnace. is this possible to be on this fuse box. the outside also has a digital meter. is it possible there may be another fuse box in the home i overlooked .i have a picture to show the fuse box but not sure how to attach it thank-you

There could be a panel outside with the meter, but it sounds like this house may just have 60 amp service. I've seen 60 amp service in older homes a number of times, I'm guessing a lot of it was installed in the 40's and 50's.

Post a picture of the meter and the area around it if you can.

There is a link in my signature to help you upload photos.

NJMarine 05-01-2011 07:24 AM

fuse box
 
60 amps fuse box with these loads was common in older houses.
A picture and/or number of fuses would be helpful. In my experience this setup is normal for older homes

tamchris 05-01-2011 07:33 AM

it has 6 fuses how do i attach a picture

tamchris 05-01-2011 07:38 AM

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tamchris 05-01-2011 07:39 AM

i attached a photo i think it worked thanks

darren 05-01-2011 07:54 AM

In a older home I would not be suprised if that is all the power.

I do like the little note telling you who to call if you want to upgrade the electric.

jamiedolan 05-01-2011 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by tamchris (Post 640084)

If you didn't see anything outside, than it's very likely this is all there is to it. It may be a safe setup, just because it has fuses doesn't mean it is bad.

I'd suggest you have a licensed electrician evaluate the system before you make any decisions. If you don't want to pay for an evaluation, you could at least ask for an estimate on a service upgrade.

You don't necessarily have to upgrade to 100 Amp or higher service; it may not be necessary (meaning your current setup may very well be functional for now). Though, long term, I'd look to get this replaced with at least 100 amp service and a modern panel.

Tell us more about what your looking to achieve, do you want to replace this with a modern panel? Upgrade the service? Are you planning to do the work yourself?

NJMarine 05-01-2011 12:31 PM

fuse box
 
I have replaced many of these for new homeowners. It is because the insuance companies would not bind an insurance policy because of fuses.


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