Common Causes of a Tripped Circuit

Circuit breakers are essential electrical components. They prevent the wires in your residential or commercial property from overloading. If your property’s circuit breakers aren’t working, an overload could cause a fire. A circuit breaker’s job is to monitor the electrical flow. When it senses an electrical overload, it shuts off the electricity. Here are some of the common reasons your circuit breaker might trip.

Appliance Problems

A large appliance can cause a circuit breaker to trip. This is especially true when the appliance’s internal components are malfunctioning. Equipment that often contributes to tripped circuits includes air conditioners, washers, and dryers.

A Short Circuit

Short circuits are common in older homes with outdated wiring. These houses aren’t capable of handling the amperage in some new technology. Signs of short circuiting include melted power cords, burning wires, and discolored power outlets. If you experience a short circuit, our technicians at Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning can diagnose and repair the problem.

Ground Faults

Ground faults are similar to short circuits. They occur when a ground wire comes into contact with a hot wire. The result of this contact is a tripped circuit. It can be tricky to isolate and repair a ground fault. That’s the reason repairing this problem should be left to a trained electrician.

An Electrical Overload

There’s only a certain amount of power that an electrical system can handle. After a circuit reaches its maximum capacity, it will shut down. This happens when you plug too many electrical devices into one outlet. Trying to use a single outlet for multiple devices is never a good idea. If this is a chronic situation, you should seriously consider upgrading your system.

Electrical wiring is something that you should take seriously. Faulty residential and commercial electrical systems can cause fires and put lives at risk. At Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians can inspect, repair, install, or maintain any electrical system or wiring you may have in the Seattle area. We’ll also perform those tasks for your heating and cooling equipment or water heater. If you need thorough, conscientious, and expert assistance with any related issues, call us today.