What do you do if your circuit breaker keeps tripping and won’t reset?
“My Circuit breaker won’t reset, my power is out and I checked the breakers and I don’t know what’s wrong!”
That is a common call that we get at Point Loma Electric. When you experience a power outage in part or all of your home, the first thing to do is to check the circuit breakers. Look at your electrical panel and see if any of your breakers have tripped and are in the off position. Look closely as sometime it can be hard to tell that a breaker has tripped.
There are a number of possible reasons why your circuit breaker won’t reset.
First, you should understand the purpose and function of circuit breakers. The function of a circuit breaker is to limit the amount of current flowing on a circuit so that it does not exceed the rated level (measured in amps). Breakers are supposed to trip if too much current flows through a circuit or if there is a short circuit. For example, most lighting circuits are run on wire that is only rated for 15 amps and bathrooms and kitchens are supposed to be on their own 20 amp circuit. Many appliances take a 30 or 40 amp circuit. The size of the wire run from your electrical panel to the circuit breaker determines the rating of the breaker.
Below are come common reasons why a circuit breaker won’t reset:
- You may not be resetting it properlyIf you see that one of the circuit breakers is tripped or is in the off position, try to reset it by first flipping it firmly from the “off” back to the “on” position. Don’t just flip it to the “on” position. There are actually 3 breaker positions, “off” to the left, “on” to the right and tripped which is actually in the center. Many times people just push the switch to the “on” position and it won’t stay on. You need to push it OFF first.
- Overload on a circuit.If the circuit breaker trips, and won’t reset immediately, But it will reset after some time has passed and it has cooled down, but then it trips again after a while, it is possible that the problem is an overloaded circuit. If there are too many lights or appliances on one circuit it can overload and cause the breaker to trip. Another cause could be that there is a faulty appliance plugged into that circuit. Remember, your breakers SHOULD trip if there is an overload. Circuit breakers are an important safety feature of your electrical system.
- A short circuit.If you cannot get a circuit breaker to reset, you may have a short somewhere in the circuit.
- Faulty or bad breakerIt is possible that you have a bad breaker that needs to be replaced.
If your circuit breaker won’t reset, that is symptom of an electrical problem that needs attention from a licensed electrician. If you have circuit breaker that won’t stay reset, never replace the breaker with one of a higher rating. This is dangerous and can cause your wires to overheat and could even possibly lead to a fire.
If you can’t reset your circuit breaker or if it continues to trip to then a call to a licensed electrician to check the circuit and the breaker is in order.
If your breaker is tripped and won’t reset or you are experiencing any type of power outage give us a call or contact us and we’ll send one of our licensed electricians to your home to diagnose the problem and get your power back on quickly.
Point Loma Electric is San Diego’s Older Home Electrical Specialists. All of our licensed electricians are experienced, highly trained, background checked, screened and drug tested. You can feel confident that our electricians will quickly resolve your electrical problems. Of course we are licensed, bonded and fully insured for your protection. We have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
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