If you are experiencing problems with your circuit breaker, then there’s a chance that you might be experiencing a circuit overload. The electrical experts at Mister Sparky are here to keep you from having an unnecessary fire hazard in your own home by teaching you how to determine whether your circuit breaker box is sparking off more than it can chew.
Unplug Your Appliances
The first thing that you’ll want to do is unplug all of the appliances that stopped after your circuit breaker tripped. You’ll also want to be sure that you turn off all of the lights and unplug everything from the electrical sockets. As you’re unplugging everything, look to see if there is any type of discoloration or fraying on the wires or if your electrical outlets appear to be discolored. If anything looks a little worse for wear, you’ll want to get it repaired as soon as possible in order to avoid a future circuit overload.
Main Electrical Service Panel
If everything looks okay after inspecting the electrical outlets and wires, go to your main electrical service panel to locate the tripped breaker switch. All of the circuit breakers but one should be in the “on” or “off” position. If there’s one that’s in between the two, you’ll want to flip it to the “off” position, wait for about five seconds and flip it to “on.”
Plug Everything In
Once the second step is done, you’ll want to plug everything in and flip your light switches on. Go slow so that you can tell what, if anything, trips the breaker. If everything on the breaker looks good but it’s still tripping, there’s a chance that you may have an overloaded breaker box.