Why an Electrical Circuit May Trip Off
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
How to Find the Cause of a Tripping Circuit Breaker: Can you help me find out why a circuit breaker is tripping off? Why Circuit Breakers Trip Off, Testing to Identify a Circuit Problem, Appliances That Cause Can Circuit Problems, Inspecting Damaged Wiring, How to Get Help with an Electrical Problem.
Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem
- I live in a home where the breaker keeps tripping off.
- Half of the house previously suffered fire damage and has no power.
- Is there anything you can recommend to help me with this tripping breaker problem?
This electrical question is from Tina, a Homeowner from Ocala, Florida.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tina.
Possible Causes of Electric Circuit Failure
Application: Tripping Electrical Circuit.
Skill Level: Advanced – a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician should be consulted.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Ammeter and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on age of the home, the condition of the electrical system and available access to electrical components.
Precaution: Electrical troubleshooting of this level is best performed by a qualified electrician.
How to Find the Cause of a Tripping Circuit Breaker
- Why Circuit Breakers Trip Off
A tripping circuit breaker is typically an indication that the circuit has been overloaded or there is a problem somewhere within the circuit devices or wiring.
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- Testing to Identify a Circuit Problem
This condition is best identified by a qualified electrician who would need to identify and test the circuit.
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- Appliances That Cause Can Circuit Problems
In some cases appliances such as space heaters will cause the circuit to trip while other devices are plugged into the same circuit. This would indicate that the appliance may need to have a new circuit installed that would be dedicated for that appliance.
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- Inspecting Damaged Wiring
If the home has already had a fire then it need to be inspected to make sure that the fire damaged part of the home has not also damaged electrical wiring that is supplying power to the other parts of the home.
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- How to Get Help with an Electrical Problem
I would advise you to call you local building department and explain your situation. they may be able to provide you with assistance to help remedy some of these problems.
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