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Fuse boards or fuse boxes are dated terms for what is now commonly known as a home’s consumer unit. When fuse boards were still in use they consisted of an electrical panel, usually located near the front entrance to the home. Individual fuses would protect various electrics and appliances in the home such as lights, fridge etc.

Constantly Tripping Fuse Boards

When there was a spike in electrical current due to faulty wiring, short circuit or over use of multiple appliances, the thin wire in the fuse would melt and break the electrical connection before any damage can be done. With the introduction of consumer units, fuses are replaced with more efficient circuit breakers, those annoying things you hear going click before you’re plunged into darkness. One of the main causes of tripping is using too many appliances all at once. It may also be a case of your consumer unit or ICP (Interutor Controla Potencia) switch needing to be upgraded to the correct Contract Potencia (Electrical Contract) for your use.

Constantly Tripping Fuse Boards

When there was a spike in electrical current due to faulty wiring, short circuit or over use of multiple appliances, the thin wire in the fuse would melt and break the electrical connection before any damage can be done. With the introduction of consumer units, fuses are replaced with more efficient circuit breakers, those annoying things you hear going click before you’re plunged into darkness. One of the main causes of tripping is using too many appliances all at once. It may also be a case of your consumer unit or ICP (Interutor Controla Potencia) switch needing to be upgraded to the correct Contract Potencia (Electrical Contract) for your use.

Modern Fuse Boards (Consumer Units)

Consumer units are mainly used in private homes and will usually have a 5.75 kilowatt 230 volt single phase power supply. Older consumer units have a manually controlled ICP located next to the main compartment which houses the trip switches. The ICP is installed with a seal from your electric supply company to prevent tampering (overriding). However, the manual ICP’s are now being replaced with the more efficient and accurate Smart Meters. Older properties would usually have two or four subsidiary circuits but as of 2002 are being replaced with five.

Types Of Fuse Boards

The above mentioned fuse boards are fine for the average household. To prevent overload it is advisable to have additional/separate safety devices for large appliances and electric systems. This is also the case for larger properties with an above average electrical consumption. Separately controlled safety devices should also be used for outdoor electrical fixtures, terraces and swimming pools. This will prevent the internal power supply being cut off when outdoor  electrical fixtures are affected by rainy weather or faults.

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