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What Is a Circuit Breaker?

The circuit breaker is a critical device to ensure safety in your home in the modern age. The electrical service panel consists of a series of lever-operated circuit breakers. After the predetermined amperage load is met, each circuit breaker is programmed to turn itself off. The individual amperage amount varies, which is the reason that there are different size breakers in the panel. When the limit is attained, the breaker trips to open the circuit in order to stop the flow of current to that specific circuit or electrical line. The ability to halt the current from reaching the overloaded or short circuit, allows for the issue to be repaired safely.

There are several reasons that can make circuit breakers trip. The following are the three most common. If you have an overloaded circuit, the breaker will shut off. This happens when multiple devices are plugged into the same circuit, and once they are all running, the capacity of the electrical wiring is exceeded. A short circuit occurs when an appliance has a wiring problem that results in additional current to be pulled. A ground fault generally occurs in high moisture environments such as the bathroom and kitchen. The GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupter, is an instrument that is able to detect when a current is flowing on an unintentional path and then shuts the electrical circuit off. This inadvertent pathway can be running through a puddle of water or an individual. The GFCI device reduces the chances of electric shock, which could cause serious burns or heart problems. Fires that are brought about by a metal conduit making contact with a live wire are prevented, as well. GFCIs exist to keep anyone from enduring harm rather than protect the wiring of the structure.

When a circuit breaker trips, the result is an outlet or area of your home not having any power. It is very simple to reset circuit breakers once you have located your breaker box. After opening the door to the breaker box, you will see toggles that look like light switches turned sideways. Most should be aiming toward the center of the panel which indicates that it is currently on. Toggles that are switched away from the panel center are off. Any toggles that are positioned in the middle are the ones that have been tripped. To reset, you must turn the breaker off before turning it back on. If it trips again, it is best to just turn it off without attempting to reset it. This can indicate a larger problem that should be left to a professional electrician.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have extensive electrical experience performing a range of services from residential to commercial and industrial projects. We understand that emergencies happen and sympathize with our customers, which is why we are available 24 hours a day. We offer long-term electrical solutions rather than quick, band aid fixes. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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