The purpose of breakers is to monitor a certain circuit or set of circuits in your home. In essence, they determine the current flowing through these circuits.
When a circuit experiences an overload or short-circuit, a breaker “trips” or shuts off the electrical flow to protect the circuit from overheating and causing damage—even potentially an electrical fire. This is why when a breaker trips, you a section of your home often loses power all at once.
The following are the five most common causes of the circuit breaker tripping our Ontario electricians deal with on a consistent basis:
- Constant appliance usage – Each breaker is designed to manage a specific amount of electrical current (measured in amps). The breaker will always trip if the set number of amps exceeds what it’s supposed to handle. This often occurs when homeowners purchase new appliances and attempt to plug it into a circuit that is near or at maximum capacity.
- Appliances that draw a significant amount of power – Some appliances, such as vacuums, hair dryers, microwaves, and portable heaters, garner a substantial amount of power. These types of appliances should always be plugged into a dedicate high-draw circuit.
- Damaged or worn out breakers – Breakers, like other appliances, are prone to malfunction the older they get. When this occurs, they typically start tripping frequently or refusing to operate whatsoever. Fortunately, replacing a circuit breaker can be easily done by a professional.
- Faulty wiring – When wiring starts to get damaged or wear out, you home becomes vulnerable to short-circuiting. Not only does this result in constant circuit breaker tripping, it can also result in more devastating consequences. Ensure your home wiring is regularly inspected and updated, especially after a remodel or renovation.
- Lightning and storms – Although quite rare, storms and lightning strikes can do the trick. To prevent this from happening, it is wise to purchase whole-home surge protection to protect your home, as well as important appliances.
If you’re sick and tired of having to experience constant circuit breaker tripping, let our Ontario electrician at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical solve the problem. We can either repair any problems you may be dealing with or install a new circuit or outlet. We will conduct a thorough inspection of the issue and determine what needs to be done. Let us get the job finished the first time around.
For more information, contact us and schedule a service today.