What’s up with that Tripped Breaker?

There may be nothing more frustrating than tripped breakers. The question, though, is why is it happening in the first place?

tripped breakerA circuit breaker will trip when they have more current passing through them than they were designed to handle. For example, a 20 Amp circuit breaker should never have 25 Amps of current going through it. It is going to trip and protect the circuit. Ever run  an electric heater and microwave at the same time. You tripped the breaker, right?

Never had a breaker trip? It is only a matter of time before it happens. Here is what to do if you have a tripped breaker.

  1. Turn off anything connected to that circuit to avoid power surges and/or equipment damage.
  2. Go to your electrical service panel and identify the tripped circuit breaker. It will not be fully engaged in the “On” position, which means it is either “Off” or in between the two. If you have a newer service panels, your breaker might show red by its handle when it has been tripped.circuit
  3. To reset a tripped circuit breaker, push the switch all the way to the “Off” position. Then flip it back to the “On” position. You should hear it click into place.

Tripped Breaker

If your breaker continues to trip immediately after you’ve reset it, do not try to reset it. You may have a direct short. Call Artisan Electric or a licensed electrician. Other issues that could be present at this point range from an under-sized breaker to a loose connection or an outright defective breaker. Don’t take a chance.

If you are located on the NH Seacoast or in southern Maine, Artisan Electric can help. we can not only give you peace of mind, but ensure you and your family is safe. Have questions? Contact Artisan Electric today.


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