Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are designed to protect the building wiring as well as any connected appliances. Without properly sized and functioning circuit breakers, the building wiring as well as the wiring of any connected appliances could be at risk of overheating and even catch fire during a fault.

My circuit breaker trips shorty after I turn something on.

If you have a circuit breaker that trips shortly after you turn something on, you may be overloading the circuit. Circuit breakers are designed to trip if the circuit becomes overloaded. This often happens when high wattage appliances, or (appliances that use a lot of energy) share the same circuit. For example, 2 or more high wattage kitchen appliances often end up on the same circuit, even though they are plugged into different outlets. Appliance rated circuits, like the 20 amp circuits found in kitchens, can still usually only handle one appliance at a time.

If you think you have overloaded a circuit, figure out which outlets the circuit breaker feeds, then move one of your appliances to another outlet that is (on a different circuit). If this doesn’t fix the problem, call us and we can arrange an electrical troubleshooting service call to find out what is going on.

My circuit breaker tripped and now I can’t reset it

Circuit breakers are designed to shut-off power when they detect problems on a circuit. The protection method is quite simple for standard circuit breakers, they simply detect heat. However, the heat could be caused by overloading the circuit, or by a problem with the breaker itself. Do not make multiple attempts to turn “on” a breaker that keeps tripping. This can be very dangerous and can cause further damage to your electrical system.

If you need advice in handling a tripped circuit breaker, call us, many circuit breaker issues can be solved over the phone.

What is the sizzling or crackling sound I hear coming from my electrical panel?

That is the sound of an electrical hazard! You’ll want to contact us for advice if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • You can hear buzzing or popping noises in the breaker panel
  • You can see visible damage, such as burned or melted plastic
  • You can smell burning in or around the electrical panel
  • Your circuit breaker trips constantly, even after being reset

If you are experiencing any of these, or you notice other signs of damage to your electrical panel, it is important to contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible. Electrical panels and circuit breakers that are not properly maintained will not be able to protect your home or business from potential electrical hazards.