Protective Devices

Electrical circuits are protected from too much current by fuses, fusible links, and circuit breakers. Such devices will interrupt a circuit to prevent high current from melting conductors and damaging loads. Each of these circuit protection devices is sensitive to current, not voltage, and is rated by current-carrying capacity. They are usually located at, or near, the power source for the circuit being protected. As such, they are usually a good starting point during electrical problem troubleshooting. Remember, though, these devices "blow" or open a circuit because of a problem. Always locate and correct the problem before replacing a fuse or fusible link or resetting a circuit breaker.

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