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Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping, Now What?

A common situation is dealing with a tripped circuit breaker. Many households run into this issue.

Hand pointing at a circuit breaker

We have many solutions to this problem but here is just our favorite:

What to Do When Your Circuit Breaker Trips

When a surge of energy overloads a circuit, like in the case of a lightning strike or heavily stressed outlet drawing too much current, the breaker’s safeguard is to switch the circuit to the OFF position. You can get your power back by following these three easy steps:

  1. Turn off all the lights and appliances affected by the power outage. Switch everything you can to the OFF position. If your TV went out and it doesn’t have a manual OFF switch, unplug it. It’s best not to have any electronics drawing electricity when the circuit breaker is reset (in step 3 below), or further damage could be done. The sudden surge of power could adversely affect your home computer, fan, or gaming system, for example.
  2. Find your circuit box and search for the breaker(s) in the OFF position. Some circuit breakers have a red or orange color if they are switched OFF.
  3. Flip the breaker from OFF to ON. Then, simply turn back on the appliances and devices you turned off in step 1, and you should be fine. If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it’s time to call in an expert like Kalahari-Electrical.

How to Find What is Tripping Your Circuit Breaker

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, there could be a serious issue, often caused by general wear and tear on the circuit breaker itself that may requireCircuit breaker installing a new one. If your circuit breaker continues to trip because of issues caused by wear and tear, the underlying problem is typically one of the following:

  • Short Circuit: A short circuit is common and potentially dangerous. This is when a “hot wire” is contacting a neutral wire in an electrical outlet, which causes an overload of current to flow through the circuit, creating heat. The circuit breaker automatically shuts off in cases like these to prevent an electrical fire.
  • Overloaded Circuit: Another common occurrence is a simple, overloaded circuit. If your electrical system or certain circuits can’t handle the amps coming through the circuit, it will flip the breaker, and possibly damage electronics or even start a fire.
  • Ground Fault: This is when a hot wire and bare ground wire are both touching the metal box housing them. This sets off a chain reaction that pushes more electricity through the circuit than it’s supposed to hold, which repeatedly trips the breaker. A ground fault, or ground fault surge, will usually burn an outlet.

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, request a service call from Kalahari-Electrical to inspect the situation.

Kalahari-Electrical is located in the Metro Atlanta area. We can send out a technician to have your residential home inspected: https://www.kalahari-electrical.com/services/electrical-inspection/

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