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Why is my Circuit Breaker Tripping?

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When a circuit breaker in your panel trips it happens for a reason. Simply resetting the breaker will not solve the underlying issue.

What is a 'Trip'?

A 'Trip' happens when your breaker shuts off its electrical flow to prevent it overheating and potentially causing a fire. If this happens only occasionally, you may not have a problem, but if you are constantly going to the breaker to re-set it, you will need to figure out what the source of the issue is.

We recommend contacting Gentlemen Electric for any questions. One of our technicians will be happy to come to your home or office and help determine and repair the cause of the tripping circuit breaker.


What Causes a Circuit Breaker to Trip

There are three main reasons why your circuit breaker trips:

  • An overloaded circuit
  • A short circuit
  • a ground fault


Overloaded Circuit

This means that you have too many appliances running on the same circuit, and is the most common reason for your breaker to trip. Usually these appliances are the heavier power devices, such as an air conditioner, hair dryer or heater. Also, if one of those devices becomes overheated itself, it an cause the whole circuit to overheat by taking in more amps than normal, causing a trip.



The two solutions to this problem are:

  1. Try to disburse the devices to different outlets on different circuits
  2. Turn off the devices not in use that are on the same circuit




Short Circuit

This is created when a large amount of electrical current flows through a circuit in your outlet and results in your outlet shutting off. A short is caused when a “hot” (black) wire touches another hot wire OR it touches a “neutral” (white) wire, and this can be a fire hazard.

Wires can cross for a number of reasons, a loose connection or improper wiring for example, and you can tell if there was a short circuit by checking your outlets for a brown/black discoloration or a burning smell. Your outlet will no longer work if it shorts out and you should not leave any appliance plugged into that outlet until it has been repaired.

Contact Gentlemen Electric for an inspection on any outlet you suspect may have a short in it.


Ground Fault

This involves those hot wires again, only this time the fault occurs when the black wire touches the ground wire (copper) on the side of the metal outlet box. Again, you need to inspect the your outlets for signs of damage and refrain from having anything plugged in to the defective outlet,


We recommend contacting an electrician for any maintenance to any electrical system in your home or office. We are trained professionals and are available to help 24/7. Call Gentlemen Electric today!


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