HELP! Breaker Tripping: Is My House or Business Going to Burn Down? PROBLEM: Circuit breaker tripping repeatedly. We have numerous service calls with the same symptom: “The breaker keeps tripping!” Turned out the cause—and the recommended solution—is very different for each one!
In one home, the breaker was tripping immediately after being turned on, making a strong arcing sound (that electrical buzzing noise).
Our initial visit (not charged for) determined that the circuit controlled:
Troubleshooting determined that the fault lay between the refrigerator and washer receptacles. A second visit determined that the wiring was badly burnt. The photo is an actual photo of the wire replaced.
Our recommendation to the owner: a thorough check of all wiring for safety purposes.
Another situation involved someone’s second home. The owners had just come in for the weekend and had issues with the alarm system, which happened to be on the circuit that had tripped. Every time the breaker was re-set, it would trip after 3-5 minutes of being on.
The owners called Easley Electric. To help them avoid the cost of an unnecessary visit at their location, we advised them over the phone to first try unplugging all equipment on the circuit one at a time, since sometimes defective equipment causes this kind of problem.
The owners followed our instructions and discovered the source of the problem was a defective dehumidifier. That solved the problem—their breaker was safe and they could sleep easy.
A breaker is a control device, like a governor on a vehicle. Its purpose is to keep you from overloading the wiring. If it’s tripping, that’s a GOOD thing! It means it’s doing its job, and in most instances it’s protecting you from a fire.
Ken Stewart, Easley Electric Inc.
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