How to Replace a Circuit Breaker | Electrician Huntsville, AL
Circuit breakers and fuses are an essential safety mechanism in all homes and businesses. When an excessive amount of electrical current flows through the wiring, the circuit breaker will shut off, cutting the power off to the circuit to protect the wiring from burning out, and the potential for a fire. Fuses serve the same role, with the difference that they don’t trip, they burn out when overloaded. Knowing how to replace a circuit breaker is a simple task, and will enable you to maintain the power in your home, without having to contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL. Of course, if you are uncomfortable with this task, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for service today.
How to Turn a Tripped Breaker Back On
A “click” or “snapping” sound from the home’s electrical panel (also called a breaker box), indicates that one of the breakers has turned off due to an excess of electricity flowing through it (otherwise known as an “overloaded circuit”).
In the panel, locate the circuit breaker that has turned off. Slide the breaker all the way off, and flip it back to its original position. This should restore the power in the affected area.
Replacing a Damaged Breaker
When a breaker has burned out or damaged, or isn’t working, replacement will be required. This will require turning off the power in your home. Open the breaker box and turn off the breaker that is labeled “MAIN”. Next, firmly though not excessively tug on the broken breaker to pull it out, Carry the broken circuit breaker to the hardware or home supply store, and buy a matched replacement. Insert it in the place where it belongs by pushing firmly, and turn it on. Flip the “MAIN” switch on the breaker box, and the power should be restored on the circuit. Check to ensure power is reaching the lights, plugs or appliances on the circuit. If power is not restored, wiring damage or other issues may have occurred, and will require the professional service of a electrician in Huntsville, AL.
Replacing a Burnt-Out Fuse
Older homes may have a fuse box, rather than a breaker box. Inspect the fuses in the box for signs of damage. A burned out fuse may be blackened, similar to a blown light bulb, but this isn’t always the case. If no signs of damage are visible, turn off the “MAIN” and remove the fuse that controls the power to the affected area. Carry the fuse to the hardware or home supply store, and ask for a replacement. Insert the new fuse and screw back into position. Turn the “MAIN” back on, and power should be restored to the affected area of the home. If there is no power after replacing the fuse, schedule service with an electrician in Huntsville, AL. You should also, consider having the electrical panel replaced with a modern service box. For electrical repair service or installation, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to provide the electrical services that you require.
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USB Port Outlets
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We hope you found this information useful and informative for how to replace a circuit breaker or fuse. A Mister Sparky professional, licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL offers both commercial and residential electrical service, repair and installation. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and ensure your satisfaction. Our electricians serve Huntsville, Decatur, Guntersville, Athens, New Market, and the surrounding areas of the North Alabama region.