How to Fix a Overloaded Circuit Breaker Problem
If too many things being used at the same time one of the breakers trips off. Can I change the breaker to a higher amperage, will this resolve my problem?
Tripping Breaker Problem
Electrical Question: If too many things are being used at the same time one of the breakers trips off. Can I change the breaker to a higher amperage, will this resolve my problem?
If I have too many gadgets or lights being used at the same time one of the breakers trip every time. Could I change that particular breaker to a higher amperage or install a sub-panel – will this resolve my problem? Any other solutions or advice greatly appreciated
This electrical wiring question came from Sharad, a Student in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Additional Comments: So far good and easy
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Sharad.
How to Fix Tripping Breaker Problem
Application: Tripping Breaker a Main Panel.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This electrical work is best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Main Panel, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Main Panel should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Scottsdale, Arizona. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Solution to a Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem
This electrical wiring project is about a Tripping Breaker in the Main Panel of a Townhouse.
The amperage rating or size of a circuit breaker should never be increased, because this could overload the electrical wiring and become a potential fire hazard.
- If it is possible, some of the devices that are plugged into the outlets on this circuit should be moved to a different outlet circuit. This would reduce the electrical load on this circuit and should prevent the circuit breaker from tripping.
- In some cases it becomes necessary to split the existing circuit, and install an additional circuit to the area. This way there will be two circuits feeding power to the room instead of one.
- Installing a sub panel may not be necessary if there is space available to install additional circuits in the existing circuit breaker panel.
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