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4 Safety Tips for Checking Your Circuit Breaker


Circuit Breaker Safety

Have you been experiencing electrical troubles at home? It might be time to check the circuit breakers. Below, we’ve listed a few safety tips and precautions you should keep in mind as you attempt this household task.

How to safely check your circuit breaker:
  • Identify the tripped breaker - The tripped breaker will typically make a humming sound when it has been overloaded but not switched off. You’ll find the tripped breaker between the on and off position in the circuit box.
  • Test the breakers - This part requires some trial and error. You have to check the lever to see how loose it is. You should feel some resistance when moving the lever from on to off and vice versa. If you don’t feel any resistance when switching the breaker this indicates that something is wrong. If you ever find that your breaker is faulty you should replace it as quickly as possible.
  • Turn off appliances - If you have any appliances connected to this circuit breaker you should turn them off, and make sure to do it all at once. The last thing you want is a power surge when everything is turned back on. If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, then you should call a professional right away.

One reason your circuit breakers could be tripping so frequently is faulty wiring. In cases of wiring issues, it’s best to have a professional come out and check out your electrical problems in order to prevent further damage and injury. Faulty wiring inside the home is dangerous not something to mess around with.

Dealing with electricity is never a task that should be taken lightly. This can be extremely dangerous for the one working directly with the wiring and for those around them, so call a professional to handle your more difficult electrical projects.

Call A-TEMP at (503) 694-3396 or contact us online if you need help with your Portland electrical system!