2 Reasons Your Circuit Breakers Might Keep Tripping

Posted on: 13 March 2015

If you have one particular electrical breaker that frequently trips, it might be time to hire an electrician to come and check the wiring in your house. Breakers should not trip repeatedly, and if they do, it is because of a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. A breaker will only trip if there is something causing it to shut off, and here are two reasons this might be happening in your home.

Too Much Power On One Breaker

A breaker box contains a lot of breakers, and this is because each breaker is only large enough to handle a certain amount of electricity. Because each breaker has limits, a house is wired up to numerous breakers. All of the electricity in a house runs through the breaker, but the electricity is divided up so that each breaker is only responsible for a percentage of the home's total electrical usage.

When too many outlets are connected to one breaker, the breaker may not be able to handle all the power, especially if everything outlet is demanding electricity at one time.

This is not usually a hard problem to fix, but it is an important one to have an electrician look at. If the electrician finds that one breaker is overloaded, he or she will change this. The way to do this is to switch some of the outlets to a different breaker. The electrician will either use an empty breaker for this or may use a breaker that is not currently carrying a large load.

Short Circuit

The second reason a breaker may continuously trip is due to a short circuit somewhere in the wiring. A short circuit occurs when two wires touch. These are not just any two wires though. A short circuit happens only when a hot wire comes in contact with a neutral wire. When this happens, it will cause the breaker to trip for protection.

If the breaker did not trip, a short circuit could cause a fire, smoke, or other problems. Fixing a short circuit often takes more time because an electrician must find out where the line is shorting out. Once this is found, the electrician can separate the wires or replace them to fix the problem.

Getting this type of problem fixed is important because tripped circuits are annoying and dangerous. To learn more about this, contact an electrician in your area.


Spotting Electrical Problems In Your Home

My name is Bob Moore and I buy older homes, fix them up and then sell them. Many older homes have unsafe electrical wiring, so I always contact a local electrician to inspect the electrical system and make the necessary repairs. Sometimes the electrician has to rip out all the old wiring and rewire the entire house. Before I sell a house, I want to make sure that it's safe for the new owners. Since I've been flipping houses, I've learned a lot about home electrical systems and how to spot faulty wiring. Every homeowner should know this important information and that's why I started this blog. I'll tell you the signs to look for that points to an electrical problem. You'll also learn when you should immediately call an electrician. I hope that you'll gain knowledge from my blog and it helps you to stay safe in your home.