Does Your Circuit Breaker Need Repair?
Tripped breakers happen to everyone. In fact, they are supposed to. As a necessary safety measure, circuit breakers are made to trip in order to protect your home from overloaded and short circuits.
If, however, you notice your breaker tripping frequently, take note! You may have a much larger electrical problem on your hands. If you are using more amperage than what your breaker can handle, you probably need to have a breaker or two changed or have your breaker replaced with one that has a higher amperage rating.
Why Do Breakers Trip?
- Circuit Overload
- Short Circuit
- Ground Fault
Your circuit breaker is designed to protect an electrical circuit by interrupting circuit flow upon detection of a fault condition. When the amperage rating exceeds the value labeled on the breaker for instance, the breaker will shut down the whole circuit. Simply put, if you have a 100-amp breaker and it exceeds that amperage, it will trip.
A more serious cause for a tripped breaker is a short circuit or ground fault condition. They are more difficult to diagnose and could signal a dangerous fire hazard. It is important to have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) and AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupters) outlets installed throughout your home for protection against dangerous fault conditions.
Whether you are looking to increase amperage, diagnose a safety issue, or install a new electrical circuit, the experts at Peerless Electric can take care of all your needs. Our trusted electricians have the expertise and equipment necessary for completing professional circuit breaker repairs and replacements.