Are You Using the Wrong Circuit Breaker?

Unfortunately, your circuit breakers are not interchangeable. If you frequently go to switch on a light or plug in an appliance and nothing happens, you may be using the wrong circuit breaker amperage. Yes, you can push the reset button on your current circuit breaker and continue about your business. Unlucky, it will happen again. One other solution is to unplug any extra items on the circuit line to use your overhead bathroom light. However, this solution is not much better than pushing the reset button. These are temporary solutions and may become more temporary as time goes on. It is better to figure out what is going on with your circuit breakers rather than continue to hope that if you unplug everything else in your bathroom, so you can blow-dry your hair for two minutes.

How Do You Know It’s Your Circuit Breaker?

If your entire home is without electricity, the problem is likely with your main breaker box. On the other hand, if there is only a portion of your electricity that is off, you may have an issue with a specific circuit breaker. To test this theory, you can completely switch off the breaker in question, push the reset button, and re-flip the switch to the “on” position. If your electricity begins to work again, you have a circuit breaker issues.

Why Does a Circuit Breaker Trip?

The main reason that a circuit breaker trips is due to a circuit overload. In essence, you have attempted to use more electricity on one circuit breaker than it is designed to hold. With the newer circuit breakers, once the breaker has been subjected to a higher amperage than the current breaker is designed to hold. As a result, your breaker will trip more often. One way to determine what is causing the overage is to try different variations of the electrical devices you are attempting to use. You can redistribute your amperage load once you identify what item or combination of items is causing the overload.

How Can You Fix the Problem?

Again, you can continue to redistribute the amperage load to put the high pulling items on a different circuit breaker. However, if you have a circuit breaker that has had an electrical overload, you will need to have it replaced with a new one. If you are not comfortable with changing out an electrical outlet on your own, you need to call an electrician. Any time that you work with electricity is potentially dangerous. Another option to solve y our problem is to have your electrician replace your electrical line with a higher amperage line and switch out your circuit breaker. By adding a higher amperage circuit breaker, you just might solve your electrical problem.

Contact The Electrical Pros Now

If you are struggling with a tripping circuit breaker, you should call an electrician to help diagnose your problem. There are times that you can get by with resetting your circuit breaker. However, this will not be a permanent fix to your problem. If you need an expert, contact an electrician at The Electric Pros today. To get started with a The Electric Pros, check us out online or call us at (844) 249-4733.