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How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers

How can I fix a Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem? How to Identify the Electrical Circuit Requirements and Updating the Electrical Service.


Evaluating the Total Electrical Load and Circuit Requirements

Electrical Question: How can I fix a Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem?

At our home the main breaker box at the electric meter has two circuit breakers.

Background: Sandra, a Homeowner from Canute, Oklahoma.

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

How to Identify the Electrical Circuit Problems

Lets take a close look at what your electrical requirements are and then understand what changes will need to be made to prevent tripped circuit breakers.

Evaluating the Total Electrical Load

Providing the Required Circuits

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Questions about: How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers


  1. Suhaimi says:

    Why does my ceiling fan trip the circuit breaker when I turn it on?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      The problem may not be with the ceiling fan, but with the electrical wiring. To know this for sure, the ceiling fan should be disconnected, and then test the circuit wiring to make sure it is correct.

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