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When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

When you are experiencing electrical problems in your home

the first thing to check is your circuit breaker box. A circuit breaker can trip when there is too much of a load on one circuit, which will cut off the electrical flow going to that circuit. If the electrical problems you are having do any damage to the breaker, than it will have to be replaced. When you do find the breaker and reset it, watch it to see if it trips again. If it goes off again immediately, this is a good indication that you might have to replace the switch as long as the wiring is alright and nothing else is causing the problem.

When the circuit Breaker is Worn out

A circuit breaker will generally last a long time, but they can become broken, worn out or just become malfunctioning. As mentioned, a big clue to this is when a specific breaker trips very frequently or it will not remain reset. If the breaker is hot to the touch or is giving off a burning smell, looks burnt or black, or has frayed wires, this is the biggest indication that it needs to be replaced. If needed, you can always use a mulitmeter to test the circuit breaker in question to see if there is power flowing to it. If you do not detect any sign of power, than the breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Older wiring may need to be replaced

Older homes may not be up to code.  Electrical codes are in place to insure your home is safe and problem free.  Older circuit breakers should be replaced with a more modern unit.

When you do need to replace a breaker, your best option is to call an electrician to do this for you. Dealing with electricity can be dangerous and difficult if you are not properly trained. Plus, a professional will be able to tell you if the problem is larger than the circuit breaker itself, such as a problem with the circuit box or the wiring in your home. Using a trained electrician will keep you and your family safe, and make sure that the job is done correctly the first time. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with all your electrical needs.

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