02 Jun 19

Ever wondered why your circuit breaker keeps tripping? It may be a nuisance when it constantly trips but it’s actually a good indication it’s working properly. Its main purpose is to control and protect the power system. When excessive current is detected, the circuit breaker cuts off the electric supply.

These are some of the main reasons why circuit breakers trip;

  1. Circuit overload

    One of the major reasons of a circuit trip is overload. If a circuit is providing more electricity than its capacity, it will overheat and put any electrical device connected to it at risk. An example maybe connecting a radio that may need 20amps but is using 30amps. The circuit of the radio system will get damaged. When the circuit trips, it prevents the circuit of the radio system from getting fried, potentially also preventing a fire outbreak. To prevent circuit overloads, redistribute your electrical devices to different circuits or turn off devices that you are not using.

  2. Short circuits

    A short-circuit can be more dangerous than a circuit overload.  When a hot wire is in contact with a neutral wire, there will be a large amount of current flow through the circuit. This heat will be more than the circuit can handle, causing the breaker to trip. Once the breaker trips, the circuit is shut, which prevents a fire. A short circuit also occurs in case of loose wiring or connection. A short-circuit is detected from a burning smell and a black/brown discoloration around the circuit.

  3. Ground fault surges

Similar to short circuits, they happen when a hot wire comes into contact with a ground wire made of bare copper. An increase in electricity through the circuit will occur, which is difficult to handle and the breaker will in return trip.  A ground fault is likely to happen if water finds its way to a switch box. We all know water is a good conductor of electricity, and if it comes into contact with damaged wires, electricity can easily follow the wire trail. To detect when a ground fault surge takes place, look for a discoloration around your outlet. If you discover that a ground fault is the problem, the cause of the problem must be fixed and damaged wiring repaired by a qualified Tulsa electrician.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), “thousands of people are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes”. It’s better to spend $150 to $200 in getting an electrician to fix a problem than pay the ultimate price.

Ignoring or overlooking these causes can prove to be dangerous to the safety of your home and family. If your circuit breaker frequently trips, consider getting professionals to take a look at the problem. Trying to fix the problem on your own could cause major drawbacks. Call an Electrician OK for   any electrical issues you have and get high quality services at favorable prices.

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