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September 12, 2019

Why Your Circuit Breaker Trips?

Why Your Circuit Breaker Trips?

You may have experienced it already­­­—you plugged in your appliances and everything came to a halt when your circuit breaker tripped.

This is a common issue encountered by many homeowners in Arlington, TX. While a tripping breaker seems familiar to everyone, only few understand what causes it.

Hightower Service is here to explain why your circuit breaker trips and how to solve it.

Overloaded Circuit

Breakers may trip due to overloaded circuits. This commonly happens when there is a large amount of electrical power pulled through one circuit, causing it to overload and trip.

The solution for this issue is simple: remove other appliances or electronic devices from one circuit, transfer heavy-duty appliances to another circuit, or avoid using them all at the same time. But if none of these simple fixes work, contact your local electrician in Arlington, TX as your circuit breaker might be facing serious problems.

Short Circuit

When there is a contact between a neutral and live conductor, a much powerful current can be drawn. Direct electrical contact occurs when the insulation in one or more conductors is damaged. When it happens, your electrical system will activate a magnetic tripping mechanism to clear up the fault (that could cause equipment damage and fire). Contact your local electrician immediately to prevent further damage to your electrical system and property.

Ground Fault Surges

A ground fault is like a short circuit! It happens when hot wires touch the ground wires that are made of bare copper, causing more electrical power (that your circuit can’t handle) to flow through it. As a result, your breaker will trip to protect your circuit, appliances and electronic devices from overheating.

It is easy to tell if a ground fault surges occur. One sign is the discoloration around your outlet. When you notice it, call your electrician right away to investigate the problem.

Wrong Breaker for Application

It is necessary that the circuit breaker you choose or use matches the application. For instance, if you’re using a Type B breaker (that trips three to five times rated current) for a motor that pulls eight times rated current during the startup, it won’t start because the breaker responds as if a fault happened, disconnecting your motor right away.

It is always ideal to contact the pros whether you’re installing a new breaker or replacing an existing one.

Having a tripping breaker in your home isn’t fun at all. Regardless of what causes your breaker to trip, our team at Hightower Service are ready to help. Contact us to solve your tripped breaker or other electrical problems in your home.

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