Most homeowners have experienced sitting in their home and all of the sudden the lights go out or the power to the TV shuts off. In most of these cases this is the result of a circuit breaker trip. A breaker trip is pretty common and should not alarm homeowners, but if not properly taken care of can lead to bigger problems within the home. Breakers that are tripping regularly should be attended to by a professional electrician. Many people ignore the importance of making sure all electrical functions are running smoothly and neglect to find out exactly why a breaker has tripped. This is a mistake that should not be made.
An Overloaded Circuit is the Most Common Reason a Breaker Trips
When there is more current flowing through the circuit than it is made to carry, the power shuts off or the breaker trips to avoid any damage that may occur. An overloaded circuit often happens during the holidays when people are putting as many lights on their home as possible and overloading outlets with multiple strands of lights and other types of décor that require a power source. Overloaded circuits can also occur when too many appliances are plugged into one outlet within the house. Take the proper steps to ensure that you are not overloading the circuits in your home.
Short Circuits will Cause your Breakers to Trip
If your breaker trips and the issue is not an overloaded circuit, than it has most likely been caused by a short circuit. A short circuit is a more serious problem than an overloaded circuit. A short circuit happens when a hot wire touches another hot wire or neutral wire. The best way to check to see if your breaker trip is the result of a short circuit is to look for any power cable damage or melted wires. Short circuits are dangerous and responsible for hundreds of residential fires every year. If you smell a burning type of odor coming from your wiring or outlets, turn your power off immediately and contact the fire department.
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The best way to make sure that all of your electrical wiring is working properly and avoid any type of breaker trip or house fire is to contact Burley Electrical to thoroughly inspect your home’s electrical wiring and keep you and your family safe.