Circuit Breakers

What to Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

As we mentioned earlier, it’s a problem if your circuit breaker continually trips (even after resetting it).

This can be the result of wiring problems. However, an overloaded circuit is most commonly the culprit. This happens when too many devices are connected to the system. It could also mean that a new appliance is not connected to its own breaker when it should be.

If you find yourself in this boat, here’s what you should do:

Start by finding which outlets are on the circuit. They may already be marked inside of your electrical panel. If not, you’ll have to map it yourself. To map it yourself:

Turn Off All Circuit Breakers

Go to your electrical panel and flip all switches to the “off” position.

Test 240-Volt Circuits

240-volt circuits power major appliances (electric dryers, stoves, etc.). Choose one, flip it on, and take note of which appliance receives power from it. Repeat this process for the remaining 240-volt switches.

Map the Smaller Circuits

Plug a small device (like a lamp) into an outlet and turn it on. Flip breakers to the “on” position until you find the right switch for the outlet. Repeat this process for all remaining electrical outlets in your home, being sure to take note of which breaker corresponds to which outlet.

Prevent Tripping

Now, you should have a map of your system. Experiment with moving devices off the circuit to see if this prevents tripping.

If it doesn’t, give Swift Services a call for expert electrical installations/upgrades!

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