Switching from fuse panel to breaker panel

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Posted by: from Trenton
4/14/2021 at 10:24:09 AM

I rent and my landlord is going to switch my fuse panel to breaker there is all kinds of issues with plugs that top works and bottom dose not plus numerous plugs don't work at all the wiring is over 50 years old should they rewire the house from the new breaker and not use existing wiring??? Concerned renter!!!!!

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Dennis from Custom Touches in Winnipeg
Date/Time4/14/2021 at 1:50:50 PM

Firstly, you should be thankful that he is changing to a breaker system. This is not a cheap upgrade. Fuses have worked absolutely fine for several decades. However they can be an inconvenience.

The panel change itself will not correct some of the problems described. These issues can be traced when the electrician is on sight. They can normally be taken care of relatively easy and should be looked at in my opinion.

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Lance from Main Electric in Thorold
Date/Time4/14/2021 at 3:09:28 PM

First thing...

You clound have what we call switched plugs which is why top works and bottom doesn't...if you have switches that you don't know what they do it is probably half of a plug, it the way they did things back then.

As far as some plugs not working, without investing it, it could be a number of things going on.

As far as a rewire goes, it would depend on issues that you are having, our electrical code is not retroactive so the way things were wired 50 years ago are still legal, but anything new added must be done to today's code.

But a possible rewire could be in order, without actually seeing the wiring and trouble shooting the issues that you are having, can't really say that a rewire is required

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