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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

These days, most homes use circuit breakers rather than fuse boxes. They are simpler to reset, requiring only that you flip a switch to reset a breaker, rather than change a fuse. Don’t let this convenience trick you into ignoring signs of trouble, though.

You should not be resetting your circuits very frequently. If you notice that you are making more and more frequent trips to your circuit breaker in Snohomish, WA, give us a call to have the problem assessed. Chances are that you are in need of professional electrical services. 

Overloads

This is probably the single most common cause of tripped circuit breakers in any given home. Overloading a circuit means that you are simply drawing too much power from that circuit. If you are running a lot of appliances and devices in the kitchen, for instance, you may trip the breaker when you decide that you want a smoothie in the middle of things, and plug in the blender. This is a very common problem in older homes that were built when fewer appliances were typically used.

A well-designed electrical system should have a pretty good success rate with its circuits. Chances are that you won’t really know which outlet is running off of which circuit in your house, so you really want to know that the system is set up in a thoughtful manner. We’ll ensure that this is the case.

Short Circuits

A short circuit condition is the other situation in which a circuit breaker may trip. The hot wire can become grounded, and that can lead to the breaker tripping. You don’t want to be dealing with such instances in your home. Heat is a key component in the tripping of a circuit breaker, and you don’t want to have that much heat regularly generated to be tripping your circuits frequently.

If you have any questions, contact the professional electricians here at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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