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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Posted on: June 30, 2015

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it can be more than a little annoying. Not only do you have to deal with everything attached to that circuit going dead constantly, but you have to wonder what else that means for your electrical system. What causes a circuit breaker to trip, and is it dangerous? Will fixing it be expensive? There are a long line of questions to consider, but most of them can only be answered once you find the root of the problem. We’re here to help!

Common Reasons Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

What causes a circuit breaker to trip? Typically, one of the following:

  1. An overloaded circuit. This is one of the most common reasons a circuit breaker keeps tripping, and it occurs when you have too many major appliances on the same circuit or when your appliances are overheating (a common problem in the summer summer). You can likely fix an overloaded circuit by moving big appliances, like your refrigerator or washer and dryer, to a dedicated circuit.
  2. A short circuit. This type of problem poses the biggest safety threat in your home or building and must be dealt with immediately. While there are many reasons for a short circuit, it is most likely due to a loose connection or improper wiring.
  3. A ground fault. This is a type of short circuit and the least common of the three issues. It occurs when the hot wire is touching the ground wire or the metal outlet box. A skilled electrician will have the tools to determine if this is what causes a circuit breaker to trip in your property.

What Causes a Circuit Breaker to Trip in Your MD, VA, or DC Property? Call Kolb Electric to Find Out!

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping and you’re located in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC, Kolb Electric can help. We’ll send a licensed electrician to your home or building to perform a thorough electrical inspection and diagnose the issue. If we find that the issue can be resolved, either through tightening a loose connection, redistributing the electrical load in multiple outlets, or any other means, we will proceed with your electrical repair. However, a circuit breaker replacement may be necessary. Our licensed electricians can let you know if this is the best course of action for you and install your replacement for you.

Contact us today to find out what causes a circuit breaker to trip in your home or building and get a solution that works!

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