Breaker boxes, also known as distribution boards, are used as a base to distribute power, or electricity, to a number of sources. Commonly used in homes, they are a safety mechanism that controls the amount of electricity that passes through any given outlet. If too much electricity surges through a certain outlet, it sets off what is commonly known as a circuit breaker. This shuts off the power until it is manually reset, preventing a dangerous surge from running through any part of the system. General Electric (GE) is one of the largest distribution board makers in the country. Choose circuit breakers that are compatible with a GE breaker box for safety.
GE Fits GE
The safest route is to use GE circuit breakers with GE breaker boxes. These products were designed to go together and are easy to find, as their packaging references the appropriate breaker box.
Siemens fits GE
Siemens breakers can be used in GE breaker boxes, and they are generally known to be compatible. Match the size and voltage requirements when using Siemens breakers, as using the wrong breakers can have dangerous results. If the wrong breaker is used it could fail to break (shut off power) during a surge. This could lead to a meltdown of the breaker box, and even a fire. It is strongly recommended that the wrong breakers never be used.
Third Party Breakers
There are other makers of breakers that will fit a GE breaker box, but the lesser known the company, the bigger the risk. Again, match by size and voltage and consult the dealer for advice. The advantage of using lesser known companies is cost savings, but, when dealing with electricity in the home, safety should be a priority.
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