What is the function of a fuse?
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What is the function of a fuse?

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A fuse prevents an electrical object from receiving too much current. In the event too much electricity is received by an electrical component, the fuse is designed to melt and separate.

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There are several different types of fuses. The most common in the automotive industry is called a cartridge fuse. Cartridge fuses are held in place by spring clips and are easy to replace when necessary.

The most common fuse used in homes is a circuit breaker. Circuit breakers are switches that open up to stop current in the event of an overload. They can be closed by the flip of a switch. Circuit breakers are common in homes, businesses and industrial services.

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