According to many Myrtle Beach residential electricians and electrical engineers, circuit breakers play an important role in preventing electrical related problems and emergencies as well as in maintaining an efficiently performing electrical system. This is especially true during months when electrical usage significantly increases.
What happens to your circuit breakers when there is an increase in electrical usage?
Whenever using several outlets at the same time or when you use two or more of your large appliances that require lots of electricity to operate at the same time, you will start to notice electrical tripping. This tripping often happens in your house’s primary circuit breaker.
Do not worry if this happens because this is a safety feature of your circuit breakers to protect your appliances from getting damaged by a sudden electrical surge. Keep in mind that these electrical problems could quickly lead to fires. Thus, your circuit breaker will automatically turn off to stop the surge of electricity from spreading throughout the house.
What you should do when your circuit breaker trips is to reset it. More specifically, you will need to turn it off and wait for a couple of minutes before switching it back on. If you notice that your circuit breaker trips more frequently than before, you may want to speak with your residential electrician and have him look at your circuit breaker. Basically, you may have an electrical problem that needs immediate resolution.
Problems that can cause frequent tripping circuit breakers
When you notice that your circuit breaker is frequently tripping or is automatically shutting down, it may be because your electrical panel is outdated or damaged or your wiring system is no longer sufficient to serve its purpose.
• Outdated electrical panel – As homeowners, you should know that your electrical panel has a definite lifespan. When it is nearing the end of its lifespan, it is no longer safe to use as it becomes a dangerous fire hazard. The wiring inside the electrical panel will also become frayed and brittle making them no longer efficient to distribute electricity throughout the house. As a result, you can experience power tripping even when you are not using all the outlets in the house.
If you suspect that your electrical panel needs to be updated, you should hire a professional electrician. The electrical engineer will look at your electrical panel and determine whether it needs to be updated or replaced.
• Damaged power lines – There are times when even after having your electric panel replaced, you still experience frequent power tripping. The reason for this might be because of damaged power lines. What could potentially damage your power lines are the small surges that happen throughout your home whenever using several large appliances that require a lot of electricity at the same time.
Small surges do not usually result in your circuit breaker automatically shutting down; but it can cause the affected outlet to shut down and lose power for a brief time. When these small surges happen frequently, they can cause damage to your power lines, which can quickly result in more severe electrical problems that can put you and your family’s safety at risk.
What you can do to prevent this from happening is to have your residential electrician to install a surge protector. If you already have a surge protector, have the electrician check on it as it may need to be repaired or replaced.
• Insufficient house wiring – Another common cause for frequent power tripping in your circuit breaker is insufficient house wiring. This is most often the case for older homes, particularly those that are more than 30 years and have not undergone any form of electrical system upgrade. Houses that are built at this time generally used copper for the wiring. While copper is effective and efficient years ago, it is no longer sufficient for the electrical needs of the average family today.
You need to have your house wiring checked by a professional immediately to verify whether or not it is up to date. Otherwise, you will have to replace them with a more advanced power line. Keep in mind that your modern appliances such as your home theater system, computers and other gadgets require a modern power line to safely and efficiently function.
Call MB Electrician Pros today and talk with their residential electrician for more information about your tripping circuit breakers.
MB Electrician Pros
5335 N. Kings Hwy #211
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577