The Once And For All Answers To Why Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

Alexa Morales

Everyday living is supposed to be enhanced by conveniences such as access to electricity. There are known electrical dangers such as electrical fires, which is why it is a good idea for homeowners to get routine electrical inspections. This is the best way to identify safety issues and things that could negatively impact the performance of electrical systems. 

One irritating phenomenon is frequent circuit breaker tripping. Certain things such as inclement weather offer a legitimate reason for tripping instances. However, if there are no known causes for this happening, homeowners should be concerned because there are simple and complex explanations. The following points identify a few things that can cause this issue.

Wiring Issues

The older that a home gets the more likely it is to need rewiring. It is astonishing that some older homes still have the original wiring installed. The type of wiring in a home may affect the electrical system's performance. If there are wiring issues such as short circuits present, it can also be problematic. This type of wiring issue happens when wires that are not supposed to make contact with each other do. Short circuits are more than a nuisance because they can cause more than power surges. The risk of the surges can be damaging to electronics and appliances, but there are also electrical fire risks associated with short circuits. 

Ground Faults 

Every electrical system must have the proper grounding or resistance to properly distribute electricity. There are a few things that can negatively affect grounding. It is possible for a home to have an electrical system that is properly installed but eventually experience grounding issues. Electricity and water are not ideal combinations. Moisture from sweating wires or leaks into electrical outlets are situations that can lead to grounding issues. Frayed wiring that touches metal can also cause ground fault issues.

Appliances

Many homeowners decide to upgrade their appliances. This may change their electrical needs. Getting new appliances before getting an electrician to inspect an electrical system is ill-advised. It is possible that the existing circuit breaker is not a good fit. The electrical system may need to be upgraded. If the appliances are installed before an electrical upgrade, there are risks of damages. It is also important to identify high-draw appliances and aim to ensure that they are directed to dedicated high-draw circuits. Every breaker installed in a circuit breaker is designed to handle a maximum amount of electricity. This is why it is not uncommon to have several breakers assigned to one room in a home.

An electrician is a good resource to use to determine the exact cause of frequent circuit breaker tripping. Based on their diagnoses, they can offer solutions to correct the issue and make electrical repairs.


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