If you're old enough, then you may know what fuse boxes are. Fuse boxes are responsible for distributing electricity through a system safely and efficiently—circuit breakers perform this same function by distributing electrical currents across multiple circuits. Each circuit has a breaker, and when an electrical current reaches overload level, the breaker trips and stops the flow of electricity through the circuit.
Why Circuit Breakers Trip
Circuits are designated for different parts of an electrical system. In a home or business, this translates to different appliances and locations: ceiling fans, refrigerators, power outlets, blenders, etc. What you need to know about circuit breakers is that they trip for a very specific reason: a surge in electrical flow reached a dangerous level. The breaker trip prevents this overload from happening, and thwarts the potential for having a power surge fry your appliances.
What To Do After a Breaker Trips
Once a breaker trips, it needs to be reset in order to return normal flow of electricity through the circuit. It’s not difficult to reset a breaker once it’s been tripped. However, what happens if the breaker trips again, and what if the tripping breaker becomes a chronic issue?
If you are constantly resetting the same breaker, it may be tripping because there is an underlying issue with your appliances, or your electrical system. Crossed wires and short circuits are just two issues that could be causing this, and no amount of breaker resets can fix this.
If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, a skilled electrician may investigate the issue to keep your electrical systems running smoothly and safely.