Symptoms of a Damaged Circuit Breaker

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Circuit breakers are designed to automatically interrupt the circuit in case a power surge or shortage occurs. Meaning, a circuit breaker will trip to prevent the electric current to reach our wall sockets, if not attended accordingly, may result to accidents and fire. That is why, we need to be careful and knowledgeable on how to use it and take care of it.

However, like most of many devices, circuit breakers can go bad over time. That is why, it is very important that we know the symptoms of a bad circuit breaker. Or else, everything will be too late until we realize its necessity.

So how do you know if your Circuit breaker is damaged?

Thee breaker may begin to overheat or burn

Circuit breakers are continually exposed to high levels of electricity, and if it starts to malfunction the breaker may begin to overheat or burn. One way to check this symptom is to review the entire circuit breaker casing. Look for a black residue along the edges of the breaker, where it meets the wall or on the interior of the breaker near handles. If you notice black residues, immediately turn off the circuit breaker and call a licensed electrician.


Another symptom of a damaged circuit breaker is corrosion. Corrosion occurs when electricity produces excessive heat due to failing internal parts which might cause electrical fires or damage to electrical systems in your home. To check for corrosion, look closely at the handles and the ends of your circuit breakers. Corrosion typically looks like a powdery substance.

Damage is found in the handles or switches of the breakerBreakers European Type

Lastly, one of the most obvious signs of a damaged circuit breaker is found in the handles or switches of the breaker itself. In order to activate electricity to different portions of the building, these handles must be switch to the “on” position. However, if you notice that the handles do not stay in the position you placed it in, the breaker is malfunctioning. If the circuit breaker handle does not either in the “on” or “off” position, immediately contact an electrician to replace your circuit breaker.

Now that we know the importance of checking the circuit breakers, it’s time for us to do our share. Start checking your circuit breakers now and let us celebrate our new year with an assurance of safety inside our homes.

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