60 amp service was typically installed in homes prior to the 1960s and is characterized by a fuse box as opposed to the breakers that you will find with 100 amp service.
60 amp service can handle an average number of lights and receptacles. Problems occur as a result of the following:
- the addition of more lights and receptacles
- the addition of more appliances such as dishwashers and air conditioners
- overfusing (i.e installing a 25 amp fuse in place of a 15 amp fuse)
The above examples can lead to overuse or overheating possibly resulting in an electrical fire.
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