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Why Circuit Breakers Trip Off and What To Do Next

What Causes a Circuit Breaker to Trip Off? The Most Common Problems that Cause a Tripping Circuit Breaker.

Tripping Circuit Breaker Problem
Electrical Question: What Causes a Circuit Breaker to Trip Off?

Tripping Breaker Question #1
Mona in California asks:
Are tripping circuit breakers dangerous for computers and electronic devices?

Help, I need to show how dangerous this could be if the owner proceeds as planned.
Thank you.

Thanks for your electrical question Mona.

Dave Replies to this question and more:

Why Circuit Breakers Trip Off
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Application: Identifying Electrical Circuit Problems.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – This electrical work is best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits and Extension Cord. All safety measures must be taken for your protection while working around environmental and construction hazards and when working with all types of tools.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the project area should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged. Old electrical wiring that will be replaced with new electrical wiring should be removed.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

The Purpose of a Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers prevent electrical overload that could damage electrical wiring components which could result in a fire.

Troubleshooting a Circuit Breaker Problem

Tripping Breaker Question #2
Jim in Texas asks:
My son has a circuit breaker that just started to trip pretty much as soon as he resets it.

The Most Common Problems that Cause a Tripping Circuit Breaker

If you have any suggestions would appreciate a plan of action.

Tripping Breaker Question #3
Van in Michigan asks:
I responded to a work request for a breaker not working in the main panel of an apartment.

Any advice will be appreciated.

Troubleshooting the Cause of a Tripping Circuit Breaker

IMPORTANT: If a circuit breaker is tripping off it may not be a problem with the breaker itself.

What to do about a Tripping Circuit Breaker

Now that we have discussed the possible problems associated with a tripping circuit breaker the following should be considered for possible solutions:

Selecting the Right Circuit Breaker

Important: A tripping circuit breaker may be an indication that additional circuits may be required.

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