Circuit breakers are designed to protect the appliances in your home or building from power overloads caused by sudden spikes of electrical energy. Without circuit breakers, your microwave, dryer, and other appliances could overload and easily overheat or catch fire. They do this by “tripping”, or breaking the electrical connection if the energy level gets too high. Over time, however, your circuit breakers can wear out to the point where they can’t be flipped back on. If you have a tripped breaker that you can’t reset, call Kolb Electric!
Circuit Breaker Replacement in MD, DC & VA
Circuit breakers are designed to trip and kill the circuit when they detect too much current passing through. Fixing a tripped circuit breaker is simple – just go back to the breaker box and flip the switch! If your circuits trip frequently, however, they can wear out over time. Every now and then, check to see if your breakers are hot to the touch, if they smell like they’re burning, or if you can see damage, such as black or burned material or frayed wires. This indicates the breaker is having problems and may not be able to protect your home or business adequately.
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If you notice any signs of damage on any of the circuit breakers in your home or building in the Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia area, it’s important to call Kolb Electric as soon as possible. Circuit breakers that are not properly maintained will not be able to protect your home from power surges, and can also develop a severe risk of arcing or faulting. This can result in heat and sparks that can cause fatal electric shocks or electrical fires!
Also keep an eye out for low buzzing, hissing, or popping noises coming from any of the breakers. These may indicate an arc fault and are a sure sign you need circuit breaker replacement. If you’re concerned about arc faults, Kolb Electric can also install an interrupter that will shut down the circuit if it detects an arc fault.
Double Tapped Circuit Breakers
One of the most common electrical defects inspectors find in homes and buildings is double tapped circuit breakers. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and easy to fix! Double tapping refers to when two wires are connected to the same screw or terminal in the electrical panel. Double tapping is fine if the breaker is designed for two wires. It gets to be a problem, however, when the breaker is designed for only one. In this case, the wires could become loose which could cause them to overheat, arc, and possibly ignite!
What should I do if a circuit breaker constantly trips?
If you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, it’s most likely caused by an overloaded circuit. This often occurs with appliances that use a lot of energy, including TVs, hair dryers, and space heaters that are all on the same circuit, even if they’re plugged into different outlets. If you have circuits that are constantly tripping, figure out which outlets they control and move one or more of the devices to a new outlet on a different circuit. If this doesn’t fix the problem, call Kolb Electric – there’s a chance you have a short or a ground fault.
If you have a circuit breaker that is tripping constantly, or one that is clearly damaged and needs circuit breaker replacement, call Kolb Electric today!
We provide circuit breaker repair and replacement services in:
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