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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

by Douglas Watson

Circuit breakers are essential safety devices in an electric system. They automatically stop the flow of electrical current if there is an overload, fusing of neutral wires, or a problem with power lines. That helps prevent damage to the electrical system and appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, and heating devices. Interruption of the flow of electrical current is not something that happens often, so if your circuit breaker keeps tripping, then it is an indication that you need to check the electrical system or buy new circuit breakers. The following are some of the common reasons why circuit breakers trip.

1. An overloaded electrical circuit

Electrical circuits have a limited amount of electricity they can handle. Using electricity for various functions at home contributes to the total load on the electrical circuit. So if your activities exceed the electrical circuit's recommended load, the circuit breaker trips shutting off power in your home. You can tell if there is an overload if you constantly experience dimming lights when you use other electrical appliances, insufficient power generation by devices, burning smell from wiring systems, and buzzing switches or plugs. Contact an electrician to check the electric system and advice on the correct circuit breakers that can handle your electrical load capacity. 

2. Sparking or arc faults

This happens when loose or corroded electrical wires come to contact rustling into sparks between different electric points. Arching generates heat that melts insulation on the specific wires where the current flows and that may result in electrical fires. One common sign of sparking is a hissing or buzzing sound in your electrical system. If you hear such sounds, it does not automatically mean that a fire outbreak is imminent. However, it is important to take precautions and sort out the problem early. An arc-fault circuit interrupter is a special type of circuit breaker that you can install to protect you from the dangers of spark or arc faults. 

3. Short circuit

A short circuit occurs when an electrical current flow through a shorter pathway rather than following the normal circuit. When that happens, there's a generation of more power than usual resulting in arcs and sparks, melting of plastic coatings, or fire outbreaks to flammable materials such as wood and plastics. That may be as a result of a loose connection, damaged switches, tampering with electrical cables during repairs, and wear and tear of your electrical cables. 


Having a circuit breaker that works properly is vital in ensuring safety from the dangers of electrical faults such as shocks, fires, shocks, and damages to your electric system. When doing electrical installation and wiring in your house, the electrician should help you buy and install circuit breakers depending on the electrical load. For more information on circuit breakers, contact a professional near you.