At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer high-quality electrical repair services for home residents, commercial buildings and even industrial electrical applications. We know many electrical issues can sneak up on you in a hurry with little warning, and our team is here to assist you with concerns large and small.
One of the most common issues we run into, particularly in residential electrical situations, is concerns with regular circuit breaker trips. Some faulty circuit breakers may trip too often, while others may have trouble with basic resets that often limit these kind of trip concerns. Here are some basics we can offer on simple causes that may be leading to breaker trips, some tips on resetting your breaker, plus areas where you should simply step back and let our professionals handle the problem.
Simple Breaker Trip Causes
Luckily, many breaker panel concerns are actually caused by simple, safe areas that you can correct on your own without risking your safety or appliance quality whatsoever. Standard trips are only caused by a few regular occurrences, a couple of which are relatively common:
- New appliance plug-in: The single most common cause of breaker trips, by far, is a new appliance being plugged into a circuit that isn’t prepared to handle this load. There are many high-power appliances out there, from microwaves to space heaters, hair dryers and others that require a significant amount of electricity to operate. If you plug one of these into a circuit that’s already dealing with a significant load, or one not meant to handle large loads to begin with, you’ll likely deal with a trip when its threshold is exceeded. You can try a stronger circuit area, or one with less stress on it, but you may also consider installing a dedicated circuit for items like this.
- Appliance failure: On the flip side here, older appliances that are dying will sometimes cause a jolt in electrical power near the end of their lifespan. This may cause the breaker to trip after it reads the issue as an overload.
Resetting the Breaker
In both the cases above and certain minor appliance-related trip situations, all you need to do is reset the breaker at the panel and you’re good to go. This is a simple, safe process if you follow these basic steps:
- Open the breaker panel to view the breakers that manage various home circuits. Listen for any buzzing or other strange sounds – if you hear any, stop what you’re doing and call our team right away.
- If you don’t hear any strange noises, locate the circuit you need to reset – your panel should have a simple diagram that shows which breakers correspond to each switch.
- Tripped breakers will generally show a switch that’s in the middle between ON and OFF settings, and should give a little as you switch it.
- Push the breaker into the OFF position first, then count to three. From here, flip it back into the ON position.
Professionals and Larger Concerns
In cases where a trip was caused by some other concern, or if resetting your breaker is not helping you solve the issue, it’s generally time to call our team. Unless you’re specifically trained in electrical repair areas, proceeding any further on your own will risk your safety and the quality of your home’s electricity.
For more on how we can help with basic circuit breaker trip issues, or to learn about any of our home wiring, fixture installation or other electrical services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.