Circuit breakers will occasionally trip, often due to a power surge. However, a breaker that repeatedly trips indicates an electrical problem is present. The issue may be due to a faulty breaker, a faulty appliance, a circuit overload, or a problem in the electrical circuit. With the exception of a faulty breaker, it trips to protect the circuit from damage. Don’t continue to force a tripped breaker into the on position, contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL.
An overloaded circuit is a common cause of a breaker tripping. The solution is to reduce the load on the circuit, or to schedule an electrical upgrade. When the breaker that is tripping involves a necessary service, such as the heating and air conditioning system, or if the wires are melted or smoking in the electrical panel, contact Mister Sparky for emergency electrical services.
Reset the Breaker
Power surges are common when the AC cuts on, or the source may be external. External surges can be due to lightning, or problems on the electrical company’s part, such as when a tree limb contacts a power line. Over time internal surges can cause damage to the home’s electrical system, while external surges often cause severe damage. When a surge occurs, you can reset the breaker unless you see evidence of damage in the electrical panel, or other signs of wiring damage such as smoke or hear a sizzling noise. When the circuit breaker promptly trips again, there is a problem. Leave the breaker off and contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for repair.
Resetting a breaker is easy:
- Turn off any electrical devices on the affected circuit to prevent potential damage to them when the power is restored.
- Identify the affected circuit breaker in the electrical panel. It will be in the off position.
- Reset the breaker by pushing it to the on position. If the breaker trips again , contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for repair.
The Purpose of the Circuit Breaker
The electrical panel distributes the voltage entering the panel, throughout the home via a variety of electrical circuits. Each circuit has a circuit breaker which ensures an excess of voltage doesn’t enter the circuit. When an excess of voltage occurs, or if a short occurs, in an appliance for example, the breaker “trips”, shutting off the flow of electricity through the circuit. The process can potentially prevent damage to the circuit, and a fire.
The electrical panel with circuit breakers is a safer option than older electrical panels that use fuses. Fuses are outdated and more susceptible to problems that may result in shock or a fire. The outdated fuse box is also a likely indication of older wiring in the home, and places you at an increased risk.
Home’s containing an outdated electrical panel, often called a “fuse box”, are also likely to have older wiring, and should be inspected by a licensed electrician. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can inspect your home’s electrical system, ensuring it’s in good condition and safe. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you require.
Potential Signs of a Hazardous Electrical Condition
With the majority of a home’s wire in the walls, it isn’t always possible to see damaged wiring. Damaged wire in the electrical panel, scorch marks on outlets and/or switches are signs you can see. Other signs of a potential electrical problem include flickering lights, the smell of burning wire and frequently tripping breakers. While flickering lights in a fixture may be due to a loose bulb, if the bulbs are snug and don’t appear damaged, it may be an electrical issue. Furthermore, if lights flicker throughout the home, it’s likely due to a more serious electrical issue. If you see any of these signs contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for repair.
It’s common for the lights to dim when appliances such as the heating and air conditioning system, or a refrigerator kicks in. Over time, these common surges can damage sensitive electronics. The solution is the installation of a surge protection network. However, lightning can cause serious damage to the electrical system. If your home has been affected by lightning, contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for an electrical inspection to ensure your safety. Finally, remember to test the smoke detectors each month, and replace the batteries every six months.
Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL have the expertise to provide the reliable electrical services you require, meeting and/or exceed the industry standards. Contact Mister Sparky today to schedule circuit breaker installation or other electrical services you need. In addition, our electricians provide emergency electrical services 24/7 for your convenience. Our licensed electricians serve the North Alabama regions and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.