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What to do About a Tripping Circuit Breaker

How to Fix Tripping Circuit Breakers: Why Circuit Breakers Trip and What You Can Do When a Circuit Breaker Trips and the Electricity Is Off.


Why a Circuit Breaker Trips Off
Electrical Question: How do I fix a tripping circuit breaker?

Can you please help me? Thanks, Nick

This home electrical troubleshooting question came from: Nick, a Homeowner from Valparaiso, Indiana.
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Dave’s Reply: Thanks for your home electrical question Nick

Why a Electrical Circuit Breaker Trips Off

Application: Troubleshooting a Circuit Problem.
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools, voltage tester and protective safety gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the make and model of the panel and the condition of the existing electrical circuit breakers and wiring methods.
Precaution: For safety, the main circuit breaker should be turned off or any other disconnect means that would turn off the power to the panel before replacing a circuit breaker.
Important: Turning off the main circuit breaker may not turn off the power to all of the areas of the panel components and wiring. This is an extensive project that requires experience and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to electrical panel or electric circuits should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

A Circuit Breaker that Trips Off is an Indication of an Electrical Problem

How to Fix a Tripping Circuit Breaker

  1. Identify a faulty device that is causing the circuit to trip and remove it from the circuit.
  2. Identify a device or equipment that is causing the circuit to overload and remove it from the tripping circuit.
  3. Install an additional circuit to provide power for a device or equipment that consumes a large amount of power or requires a dedicated circuit.

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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
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