What to Do When Electrical Circuit Breakers Go Out?

Date Posted: 03/08/16
Author: Volt Pro Electric


If you live in Denver, anywhere in Colorado or elsewhere, when your electrical system goes out you've got a problem.  It means no heat, no light, no computers or phone system and depending on your circumstance perhaps no water or hot water.  

There are several checks you can do to see if you can determine the problem.

  • Reset the breaker by turning it off and then back on.  If it stays on, it should be okay, but keep an eye on it. Power surges can sometimes flip breakers.
  • If there are flickering lights, or the breaker flips when you turn on certain appliances it could be due to faulty wiring somewhere.
  • Overload of the circuit.  Check everything plugged into that circuit to be sure it's not overloaded. If it is, move the plugs to another outlet.
  • A humming sound in the circuit usually means it's overloaded but not shutting down for some reason.  This can be dangerous!  Flip it off and call an electrician immediately.
  • Flaws in electrical wiring frequently cause circuit breaker problems.  This can cause electrical shock from appliances or even a fire.  Call an electrician immediately.
  • If you get a shock from an appliance or light, unplug it and see if that resolves the breaker problem.  If it does, and the breaker quits flipping off, then the problem is in the appliance or light. Check the cords, if brown or soot covered they need to be replaced.

Circuit breakers are usually pretty dependable and last for years with no problems.  However, if you do some remodeling you may need to update them to increase your amps.

Electrical systems can be dangerous and you should never try to fix them if you don't know what you're doing.  If you are uncertain at all, give us a call or text at 303-249-2972.

 

 

 

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