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My Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping

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Circuit breakers are usually the last thing on a homeowner’s mind until the power goes out. Your circuit breaker works to protect your home or other building from an electrical overload. This helps prevent damage to appliances and fire that can result from an electrical overload.

There are a variety of factors that can lead to a circuit breaker tripping. Below we have put together some information for the leading causes of circuit breakers tripping. We have also included information to help you know when it is time to contact a licensed electrician in Pittsburgh.

Common Causes for Circuit Breakers Tripping

Too Much Power Consumption

A common and basic cause for circuit breaker tripping is circuit overload. When the electrical circuit draws more amperage it can manage, the circuit breaker is designed to trip to prevent electrical overload.

In many cases, higher power electrical appliances such as vacuums added to the normal load can cause the circuit to trip. If this occurs, be sure to unplug the appliance from the overloaded circuit and try using a different outlet to power the appliance.

To determine which appliance is tripping the circuit breaker, you should unplug each device that is sharing the power supply of the circuit. Once you locate and reset the tripped breaker, you should wait a few minutes and then plug each appliance in separately to see which one is tripping the breaker.

If your circuit breakers are tripping more often than usual, be sure to contact Peters Electric for circuit breaker replacement service. Pittsburgh homeowners should also look out for other causes of circuit breakers tripping such as:

Ground Faults

Similar to an electrical short, a ground fault is the result of a live wire coming in contact with a ground wire or the grounded part of an appliance, device, or part a junction box. A ground faults involve a large amount of electrical current that is propelled through a fuse or circuit breaker, causing the fuse to blow or the circuit breaker to trip. It is crucial to contact a licensed and trained electrician to repair this issue.

Electrical Shorts

In many cases, circuit breakers will trip due to electrical shorts caused by defective wiring due to damage from the elements or pests. It can be challenging to locate and identify an electrical short, but this is an issue that should not be ignored. This type of problem will require a trained electrician to ensure you get a reliable repair.

Highly-Trained and Licensed Electricians

In some cases, you may be able to fix your tripped circuit breaker by resetting it yourself, but in other cases, such as if the breaker does not turn back on or the breaker continues to trip, you should contact Peters Electric.

Our team of experts is experienced in handling a variety of electrical repairs, including circuit breaker replacement. Pittsburgh homeowners can rest assured that Peters Electric will provide them with the efficient and high-quality services they need to get their circuit breaker working correctly. Contact us today to learn more! 




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