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Is My Circuit Breaker Faulty or Broken?

Posted on July 29th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

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You’re cooking dinner after a long, tiring day. You throw something in the microwave while you’re and all of a sudden, something sparks and you’re left in the pitch black. If your power goes out, you can pretty much assume your circuit breaker has blown. But it may be more than a blackout: your breaker could be faulty or broken. Knowing the difference is important. 

Locating Your Circuit Breaker

You’ll need to locate and inspect your circuit breaker. It can usually be found behind a door, in a closet, or outside. Look for a metal door roughly measuring a foot square and set into a wall. If it’s outside, it might be attached to a pole or set away from the house a little bit.

Open the little door. Look at all those switches. How do you know which one is the one you’re looking for? If only some of the lights in the house are out, you can try each switch until the ones that off miraculously go back on. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to do some further investigation.

Replacing a Circuit Breaker

This would be a good time to mark which switch goes with what room and/or appliance. Next time this happens, and it will, you can go right to the breaker with the corresponding room on it.

If you’re still in the dark after flipping all the switches, one or more of the breakers might need to be replaced. Try turning the panel all the way off. There will probably see a double switch that is bigger than the regular ones. That will turn off the electricity in your whole house.

Now turn it back on. If the lights are still not back on, listen for a quiet hum. If you hear humming, it’s time to call an electrician. You should never try to repair your circuit breaker on your own, as it could be potentially dangerous. Leave this work to the professionals!

Don’t stay in the dark. If you need help figuring out if your circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced, Jupiter-Tequesta has you covered! We are available to take your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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