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When a Breaker Trips

Friday, March 28, 2014

 What to do When a Breaker Trips?  
   

These days it seems like our entire life is “plugged” in.  Someone is blending a smoothie, someone is blow drying their hair, and another person is doing a load of laundry while their younger brother is playing a video game.  There is a lot going on in every household, until at some point it all stops when a breaker trips.  So you may be asking yourself, “What exactly is a tripped breaker?” Well, this is when the circuit breaker turns off to protect the electrical circuit and its wiring form overheating and causing damage.

The good news is that fixing a tripped breaker is easy.  Just follow these steps.

1.     Find the electrical panel in your home.

2.    Locate the tripped breaker.  In order to do this, feel all of the breakers.  The one that is tripped will be somewhere between the ‘on’ and ‘off’ position.  It will likely feel looser than all of the other switches.

3.    Once the correct breaker is found, flip it all the way to the off position and then back to the on position.  You can tell which side the on position is because majority of the other switches will be flipped that way.

4.    Everything should be all set to go after that!  If the power does not resume or the circuit keeps turning off, there may be a greater problem, and you should contact an electrician.

For more information, contact A.B. May!

 
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