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How to Reset an Electric Circuit Breaker

How To Reset an Electric Circuit Breaker: Do I need to call an electrician or is there something I can check as a homeowner?

Reset a Circuit Breaker

Electrical Question: How do I reset a tripped circuit breaker?

This electrical troubleshooting question came from: Chris, from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.

Electrical Troubleshooting a Tripped Circuit Breaker

reset a circuit breaker

Circuit Protection for a GFCI Outlet
Chris, the GFCI outlet provides ground fault protection for the outlet, however the GFCI circuit has over current  protection which is provided by the circuit breaker back at the panel.

Here’s an Example:

How To Reset an Electric Circuit Breaker

NOTE: A Circuit Breaker May Be Tripped OFF and Appear To Be ON, therefore it is best to switch the breaker OFF, and then back on to make sure it it fully reset.

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