Before going off to the specific steps to take when the circuit breakers in our homes needed some trip, let us discuss first what circuit breakers are and why they need to trip.
Circuit breakers are a more refined version of the fuse technology. These act as switches placed in an electrical panel containing levers that trip when the electrical flow passes the safety recommended load or limit. Circuit breakers trip because of an overload. These remain off until they are reset. The purpose of which is to detect an overload or a short circuit and protect the electric circuit from being affected by any major damage.
Since 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, circuit breakers are supposed to trip if too much current flows through a circuit or if there is a short circuit.
Here are 5 Steps to Take When Your Circuit Breaker Won’t Trip
- Reset it properly
Try to reset the circuit breaker by flipping it firmly from the “OFF” mode back to the “ON” mode. Do not just flip it to the on position. People often just push the switch to the on position and it would not stay on. You need to push it on to the off position first.
If the load exceeds the limit of the circuit breaker installed in the household, it is sure to trip because of overload. Another cause could be that there is a faulty appliance plugged into that circuit.
- Check for short circuit
Also by unplugging the appliances individually, check for any short circuits that could be the reason behind why the circuit breaker won’t trip. One of the most common reasons could be the overheated wires connecting to the light fixtures.
If the shorts are undetected then replacement should be tried. Check the wires before you call for any professional help from an electrician. It is imperative that you turn off the power that connects to the service panel completely while carrying out this process of replacement.
- Call an expert
The best and safest way to get out of trouble and more disastrous event is to call an expert. If those four steps failed, it is but more convenient and less waste of time to call an expert and consult what specific services should be aided.
Always remember: prevention is better than cure. It is always good to check it from time to time so as not to cause further damages in your homes.