Circuit Breaker Issues
A tripping circuit breaker could mean a lot of things, and it is important for every homeowner to be aware of what to do when such thing occurs in his home. Build Safe
Electrical-Engineering Portal explained in one of its post, how the tripping mechanism works in a circuit breaker. According to its post, the process depends on the reason for the tripping. One of the reasons they explained in their post is how tripping takes place when electrical overload is detected.
“Thermal-magnetic circuit breakers employ a bi-metallic strip to sense overload conditions. When sufficient overcurrent flows through the circuit breaker’s current path, heat buildup causes the bi-metallic strip to bend. After bending a predetermined distance, the bi-metallic strip makes contact with the tripper bar activating the trip mechanism.”
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The rest of the explanation can be found here.
Reasons why a circuit breaker trips
The website TheCircuitDetective.com shared the five most common reasons why a circuit breaker will trip. Electrician
“(1)An Overload — when electrical usage would have begun to overheat a circuit’s wires; (2) A Short Circuit — very high current resulting from a fault on the circuit. (3) An Overheating Breaker — when the breaker itself has poor contacts or connections. (4) A Ground-Fault — smaller leakage off of the intended circuit. In this I include shock hazards, neutral to ground faults, and the differing current on the neutral wire when it is being shared by another circuit. (5) An Arc-Fault — sparking happening on the circuit or its lights or appliances.”
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The Spruce.com meanwhile shared to homeowners what they should do in case a circuit breaker trip, and when to call in for professional help.
“Call a pro immediately if you experience regular outages, smell burning or notice signs of deterioration — including scorching, rusting or corroding around your breaker. Ignoring electrical failure can result in fires and other home-threatening problems.”
Check out the rest of the advice here.
Homeowners should indeed be aware of what to do in case a circuit breaker trips and what should be done in order to avoid it.
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