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When Breakers Won’t Stop Tripping

Circuit BreakersIn our last post we provided some insight into how and why fuses blow, how they can be fixed, and the steps to take in order to avoid a blowout. By now we’ve established that overloading your home circuit is one the easiest ways to disrupt the flow of the electrical current circulating throughout your humble abode. In addition to blowing a fuse, the risk of a tripping breaker also heightens. The purpose of this post to make you aware of the risks and hazards correlated with a tripping breaker, what to watch out for and how prevent this issue from happening.

First, let’s dissect the term “tripping” breaker. Much like your plug and cartridge fuses, your circuit breaker was created to serve as a safeguard for your electrical circuit and to keep it from self-combusting or creating a hazardous situation. The term “tripping” is used to define what is simply the circuit breaker readily shutting itself down when it feels that too much power is cycling through the circuit than it is capable of maintaining. This is done to prevent overheating and lessen the possibility of an electrical fire.

So how do you fix this? It’s simple, you initiate the same thing you would if you were experiencing a blown fuse. A tripping breaker simply means that too many devices are plugged into the one outlet. So start making changes; unplug devices and try operating them in an area where the circuit is not quite as occupied. Turn off devices you feel might be consuming too much amperage should be turned off until power can be restored.

If the issue continues, you may have a more serious problem at hand. We advise that you consult with a licensed and skilled electrician.

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