Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Has the circuit breaker in your home become something you are pretty familiar with? Do you feel like you are spending more times tripping the breaker than you should? Though it might seem like an easy switch, there is a common cause of this issue, and it’s not one you’ll want to ignore.

To figure out why your circuit breaker keeps tripping, you’ll want to consider the below:

tripping your home circuit breaker

Constant Overload

One of the main reasons circuit breaker trips is too many things plugged into the very same outlet. When you try to draw power from several different sources all at the same time, the wires can heat up. The heat will, in turn, set off a sensor causing the flow of electricity to stop and the breaker to trip.

To avoid the trip, try switching some appliances to different outlets or look into adding more outlets and electric into your home.

Ground Fault or Short Circuits

Very similar, both are signs it’s time to call your local electricians. A short circuit can happen when live wires come in contact with each other. If this is the case, you might smell burning or see black around the outlet.

Ground fault happens when a hotwire meets a metal wall box or wood framing. With both, you’ll want to avoid touching these outlets and call you electrician ASAP.

Appliances Overload

It could be as simple as a major appliance is just plugged into an outlet that can’t support it. If the circuit that keeps tripping is connected to a major appliance amongst other devices, you’ll want to spread out the electricity to other outlets. If that is not an option, you’ll want to reach out to an expert for a solution.

At TFC Electric, your safety is our number one priority. If you experience an electrical emergency, contact or call us  631-589-2800 immediately. We can troubleshoot and safely restore your electrical system. We can deliver peace of mind for you and your family.

February 7, 2018