Circuit breakers are a vital part of home safety. If installed properly, breakers perform a vital function in protecting your home or commercial facilities electrical system.
All circuits are controlled and protected by the circuit breakers. If there is an overload, short or ground in the circuit, the breaker will detect the fault and open (kill) the circuit. The purpose is twofold: prevent fire; prevent electrical shock.
TROUBLESHOOTING BREAKERS AND CIRCUITS
One of the most common situations occurs when the electricity goes out in a certain area of the home but the breaker doesn’t seem to have opened the circuit. A breaker switch can sometimes open a circuit without its mechanical handle flipping off. You should first try to manually switch the breaker off and then back on. It’s also possible the current was interrupted somewhere other than the breaker due to faulty wiring. In this case, an electrician will probably need to … Read Full Post »