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Apartment Keeps Tripping Electrical Circuit

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Why an Apartment Unit may be Tripping a Circuit Breaker: Why is my apartment tripping the circuit breaker?

Tripping Circuit Breaker at Apartment

Electrical Question: Why is my apartment tripping the circuit breaker?

Thank you.

Background: Vang, a Student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Additional Comments: Very informative website.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Vang.

Why an Apartment is Tripping a Circuit Breaker

  • First of all portable heaters typically draw a lot of power and may require their own circuit, so if the heater was plugged in with the refrigerator then it will no doubt trip the circuit.
  • Vang, you state that there is only one circuit breaker for the whole apartment, and I’m wondering what size this circuit is.
  • If the only circuit is a a 15 or 20 amp circuit then this will not be enough.
  • Now I do not know the specifics about your apartment, such as the age and size of the unit, but in any case just one circuit will not be adequate.
    • There are agencies in place that should provide assistance should you need it
    • You should go through the process of informing the apartment manager of the problem and giving them the opportunity to correct the situation.
    • If they do not take care of the situation then you can consult with your local Renters Rights or Housing Authority which can work with you about this problem.
  • By the way, a safe dwelling should have the following:

    • Smoke Detectors installed
    • GFCI protected outlets

      • in the bathroom
      • and the kitchen
I hope this helps you.

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