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How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers

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

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Electrical Problem: 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

  1. Application: Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem.
  2. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This electrical project is best performed by a licensed electrical contractor.
    est performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
  3. Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
    Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the available access to install the circuit and electrical connection box.
  4. Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring connections
    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.
  5. This question is a classic example of overloaded circuits and the lack of  dedicated circuits. The amperage size of the main electrical service has not been provided, but lets go ahead and look at how to fix this problem.
  6. Just like planning a meal, electrical services are basically the same where we start with the end in mind. With food you need to know how many hungry mouths there will be at supper and just how big of an appetite they will have, and with electrical we need to know how many electricity hungry devices we and equipment we have so we can make sure to have enough power.
  7. Make a list of all the electrical devices that will be used. Pay careful attention to the name plate information, specifically circuit requirements for the voltage  and amperage.
  8. Most large equipment, such as air conditioners, electric dryers,  and electric stoves require their own dedicated circuit that will not be shared with anything else otherwise we have the problem of tripping circuit breakers.

Evaluating the Total Electrical Load

Providing the Required Residential Electric Circuits

  1. The solution for the problem of overloaded circuits is to identify the electrical circuit requirements for all equipment.
  2. Identify high energy consumption devices that will need a dedicated circuit. Make sure your electrical service panel is large enough.
  3. Install the required dedicated circuit wiring to the equipment or devices.

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2 Responses to “How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers”
  1. 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.

  2. Suhaimi says:

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