Tripped Breaker, and What to Do About It

We’ve all been there…you have a tripped circuit breaker and you’re not sure why it tripped or what to do about it. Sometimes breakers trip because you’re using too many things on the circuit at once. But other times they trip because there’s an issue like an incomplete connection or a wire making contact with the side of a metal junction box. When this happens, the breaker trips to prevent a safety issue.

So what should you do? First, you can try to reset the breaker yourself if you feel comfortable. Check out the video below to see how it’s done. Some breakers go to an in-between position when they trip, which can sometimes be difficult to spot. They don’t look off, yet they’re not fully on either. If you have a tripped breaker in this middle position, you won’t be able to push it straight to the on position. First you’ll need to push the breaker fully into the off position until it clicks into place. They you can push it in the on position. If it holds and never trips again, you may be all set. But if it won’t hold or if it trips again soon, it’s time to have an electrician take a look.


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