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Why Do My Circuits Keep Tripping

Posted on January 14th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Have you ever had to go outside to mess with your tripped circuit breaker? Looking at all those wires can get a bit overwhelming and confusing, but understanding why the problem is occurring can help you solve the problem quicker. A circuit breaker “trips” or shuts off the electrical flow to protect the circuit from overheating and causing damage. So before you go and flip the switch on again, determine where the root of the trip is coming from.

Circuit overload

This is the most common reason your circuit breaker is tripping and it probably means you’re running too many heavy power consuming devices at the same time on the same circuit.

    • Redistribute the devices to another circuit
  • Turn off some devices on the circuit to reduce the electrical load

Short Circuit

A short circuit happens when a “hot” black wire touches another hot wire or a neutral wire. When these two wires cross paths, a large amount of current flows, creating more heat than the circuit can handle, so it shuts off.

  • Check your outlets, a short circuit can be caused by a loose connection or improper wiring.

Ground Fault

Similar to a short circuit, a ground fault happens when a hot wire touches the ground wire. If you reset your outlet and plug your appliances back in, but it trips again, you most likely have a ground fault issue with your circuit.

Fixing electrical issues can be tricky. If you are unsure on how to solve the problem, you can put yourself in serious danger.  If you run into an electrical outlet problem, you can rely on Jupiter-Tequesta to help. We offer fast 24-hour, 7 day emergency service, 365 days of the year! Call Jupiter-Tequesta for more information on our services or to schedule an appointment.

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