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What to Do When You Trip a Circuit Breaker

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When the power suddenly goes out in one area of your home, it could be because your circuit breaker has tripped. A circuit breaker is an electrical switch that turns off automatically during an overload or short circuit. These switches are important because they protect your electrical components from overheating and breaking.

Causes of Circuit Breaker Trips

  • Circuit Overloads

As mentioned above, an overload can cause a circuit breaker to trip. Overloads occur when a circuit cannot deliver the amount of power being drawn through an outlet. When a circuit is overloaded, it overheats and trips the breaker before it gets too hot.

  • Short Circuits

Short circuits occur when a live electrical wire contacts a neutral wire. When this happens, the rapid amount of current flow between these two wires overheats the circuit and causes a breaker to trip.

  • Ground Faults

Ground faults are like short circuits. They occur when a live wire touches a ground wire or ground junction box. Once again, the rapid exchange of electricity between these two objects causing overheating and breaker tripping.

  • Faulty Appliance

Tripping circuit breakers are not always caused by a problem with a home’s electrical work. Sometimes, an appliance can be faulty and cause tripping. If an appliance is faulty, it can draw too much power from an outlet, overheating the circuit and causing the breaker to trip.

Mister Sparky® Is Ready to Inspect Your Circuit Breaker

If your electrical system suffers from frequent circuit breaker trips, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Frequent trips could be a sign of a problem with your home’s wiring or could be evidence of an inadequate circuit in need of an upgrade. Mister Sparky® is ready to send a team of local electricians to your home, have them inspect your system, and then suggest a way to solve your circuit breaker tripping. Our electricians are always on time, and we back their work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Call our circuit breaker electricians today for help at (800) 906-4577. Our team is standing by to take your call 24/7 and provide emergency support.

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