If a breaker is repeatedly tripping in your breaker box, it is important to identify the cause of the problem so that it can be fixed.
Some of the most common causes of repeated breaker tripping include:
- Overloaded circuit. If too many appliances or electronics are plugged into one circuit, it can overload the circuit and trip the breaker.
- Short circuit. A short circuit is an electrical connection between two wires that should not be connected. Short circuits can cause the breaker to trip to prevent damage to the wiring.
- Ground fault. A ground fault is an electrical connection between a live wire and the ground. Ground faults can cause the breaker to trip to prevent electrical shock.
- Faulty breaker. In some cases, the breaker itself may be faulty and may need to be replaced.
Steps you can take if a breaker is repeatedly tripping:
- Unplug all appliances and electronics from the circuit that is controlled by the tripping breaker.
One at a time, plug each appliance or electronic device back into the circuit. When the breaker trips, you have identified the device that is causing the problem.
- If the breaker trips immediately after you plug in a device, the device is likely faulty and should be repaired or replaced.
- If the breaker trips after you have plugged in multiple devices, the circuit may be overloaded. To fix this problem, you can either unplug some devices from the circuit or add a new circuit to your home. Air & Electrical Services can add circuit to you existing panel to make your home safe if this is the issues.
- If you are unable to identify the cause of the repeated breaker tripping, you should call a qualified electrician to diagnose and fix the problem. Air & Electrical Services technicians have advanced tools to help pinpoint where electrical issues occur.
Here are some additional tips for preventing repeated breaker tripping:
- Avoid overloading circuits. Be careful not to plug too many appliances or electronics into one circuit.
- Use surge protectors. Surge protectors can help to protect your electronic devices from power surges, which can cause breaker tripping.
- Have your electrical wiring inspected if you notice flickering lights or have electrical issues. An electrician from Air & Electrical Services can identify and fix any wiring problems that could potentially cause breaker tripping.