Monthly Archives: July 2017

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

circuit breakerIt’s Murphy’s Law. On the worst day of the year or during the biggest storm (at night of course) your circuit breaker is going to trip and you are going to lose power. You hopefully know where the circuit breaker box is and you reset the breaker. Life is good again in Charlotte.

But what if it keeps happening? Electricity is nothing to fool around with. If your circuit breaker keeps tripping. it is doing its job and trying to tell you something. You should listen to it.

Overloading the Circuit

When too many devices are trying to pull its power from the same circuit, your circuit breaker will tell you “enough is enough” and trip. Use that opportunity to see what you are running on that circuit, and if heavy devices are draining too much power and should be moved to a different circuit.

A Short Circuit

Another possibility is a short circuit has happened somewhere along the line. When a black wire touches another hot wire or neutral wire it creates more heat than the circuit can handle. That causes the circuit breaker to trip.

Ground Fault

This is when a black wire touches the ground wire or the side of a metal outlex box, which is connected to the ground wire. The circuit breaker will trip from the excess current.

Troubleshooting

Pinpointing the cause of a circuit breaker can be overwhelming. Sometimes it can be obvious when you know you have tried to run too many heavy items on the same circuit. Other times it can be exasperating trying to figure out where the short circuit or ground fault has occurred.

All of this sound just a little bit confusing? That’s what we’re for! We’re trained to be able to pinpoint the problem and offer you solutions to keep your circuit breaker quiet and happy.

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Understanding Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Fuses and circuit breakers have the same job in our Charlotte homes. When too much power is going through a circuit, they both are able to stop the flow and hopefully, stop the damage that could be caused by too much electricity going through the circuit.

Both fuses and circuit breakers have their advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a few of the differences.

Fuses

The most common type of fuses is made up of glass or ceramic with a metal casing. Inside the fuses is a filament or metal wire. When electricity is flowing normally, it safely passes through the filament and into our homes.

If a power surge occurs, the filment melts and stops the flow of electricity. Once that happens the fuse must be replaced in order for the circuit to be complete again.

Fuses react faster, but has to be replaced in order to restore power to the circuit.

Circuit Breakers

When turned on, the breaker allows power to pass across. If the current reaches an unsafe level, the switch is automatically turned off either by a magnet or a bi-metal strip, and the circuit is broken.

Circuit Breakers are much easier for the average homeowner to use. Once the problem has been found and corrected, restoring the circuit is easy as flipping the switch.

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