My Breaker Keeps Tripping as Soon as it is Reset
Charles in Ohio asks: My breaker keeps tripping as soon as it is reset, and my home just had new siding and door frames installed.
Tripping Circuit Breaker
[ad#block] Electrical Question: My breaker keeps tripping as soon as its reset, and my home just got new siding and door frames.
This electrical wiring question came from Charles, a Homeowner in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Damaged Electrical Wiring Problem
Application: Damaged Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – 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 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 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 Cleveland, Ohio. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Damaged Electrical Wiring Causes Circuit Breaker to Tripp Off
This electrical wiring project is about an Electrical Problem in the Basement of a Duplex.
Electrical Wiring Problem
Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- My breaker keeps tripping as soon as its reset, and my home just had new siding and door frames installed.
- Charles, from the information you have provided, you should contact the company who performed the work you have described and inform them of the problem.
- It is very possible that a nail or screw has penetrated and damaged electrical wiring and this may be causing the circuit breaker to trip off. It is best to consult a qualified electrician who will assist you to locate the problem area and then make the necessary repairs.
- The electrician will possibly focus on the areas near the electrical panel where new work was performed.
- If the circuit breaker trips off when a specific device is turned on then this will help to identify the area of the problem.
- If the main breaker trips off while all the individual circuit breakers are off then the area where the main panel is located should be examined.
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