When it is Time to Replace Circuit Breakers

Circuit Breaker Replacement

Electrical issues you may be experiencing in the home, can be in your circuit breaker box. This box is where electricity comes into your home initially, and inside the box there are circuit breakers that are for every one of the electrical circuits. If the circuit load is too great or a fault arises, it will cause the breaker to “trip” which will cut all electricity flow to the circuit. If this is indeed where the electrical issue is coming from, the circuit breaker will have to be replaced. You can troubleshoot the circuit breaker yourself, prior to contacting a Highland Park electrician.

Troubleshooting for a Faulty Circuit Breaker

Other difficulties need to be ruled out before looking for circuit breaker issues. Some of these include problem with the power plant, device that is faulty, or a light bulb burned out. After ruling these difficulties out, it is time to go to the circuit box. Turn any lights off and unplug all the devices using the circuit that is affected.

Inspect positions of every circuit breaker that is in the panel, visually. You should see the switch that is tripped leaning toward OFF, or red button popped, or a different indicator that the circuit has been tripped. After you have found the circuit breaker that is tripped, check the circuit map again to make sure this is the correct circuit. Double check that everything that uses this circuit is unplugged or turned off. Next, reset this circuit breaker switch.

After resetting the switch, turn all the devices slowly back on and plug each device back in one at a time. If the circuit breaker flips off immediately or once you have everything pugged back in, there is possibly an issue with the switch or wiring.

Circuit Breaker UpgradesWhen Circuit Breakers should be Replaced

Lifespan for circuit breakers are typically very long, but at times they might become broken, malfunction, or worn out. When a circuit breaker trips often, or does not remain reset this is a big sign of the circuit malfunctioning. However, indication that works the best is when the circuit is hot when touched, has sign that it is damaged such as frayed wires, or burned or black material, and when there is a smell of burning from it. If still unsure, a multimeter can be used on the circuit breaker to test it and see if there is power. If there is no power, you have a faulty breaker and it is time for replacing.

When your homes electrical system needs to have any work done, such as replacing your circuit breakers, a professional electrician should be contacted. Somebody that has training working with electricity is best because the dangers electricity imposes. Highland Park electricians have the experience to troubleshoot your electrical system, to determine if your problem goes beyond the circuit breaker. Wiring in your home, or the box may be a part of the problem, as well.

Having a professional Highland Park electrician, will ensure yours and your family’s safety and the job being done correctly.

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