The occasional trip of a breaker isn’t generally something to be too worried about. It is often caused by overloading a breaker and can be easily remedied. This is a frequent problem around the holidays when there are lots of lights and décor plugged in. However, if it is something that happens on a regular basis or you have to be very careful what you run at any given time in your house for fear of tripping a breaker, you have a bit of a problem. It is a problem that can be investigated by your electrician in Fort Lauderdale, like those at Elcon Electric.
The goal of your Fort Lauderdale electrician is to get to the heart of the matter. There are a number of different reasons a particular breaker will continuously trip.
*The most common problem is simply due to the circuit being overloaded. A standard 20-amp breaker is not enough to run every appliance in your kitchen at the same time. Some older houses have just that. The solution is to have another breaker installed to divide up the work so to speak so you can use your coffee maker, toaster and microwave at the same time.
*Another problem that is far more serious is a short circuit. This is typically caused by the wires that bring electricity to the outlet touching in some fashion. They short out, pulling far more current than needed and cause the breaker to trip. You may smell burning wires or see black around the outlet.
*A weak breaker, which is basically a breaker older than 15 years that trips during normal usage is another common issue. The solution is again, fairly simple. Your breaker will need to be replaced by an electrician. Fort Lauderdale homeowners will be relieved to know that all of the reasons for tripping breakers can be taken care of without too much trouble.
Give Elcon Electric a call today if you have a troublesome breaker and get it checked out right away.