Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, it’s a sign of an underlying problem. While calling a Grapevine electrician for any needed fix is important, you can usually troubleshoot the source of the issue on your own. Here are a few of the most common reasons a circuit breaker will trip repeatedly.

Overloaded Circuit

An overloaded circuit is by far the most common cause of a tripped circuit breaker. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when more power is coursing through a circuit than it is equipped to handle. A 20 Amp circuit breaker protecting a 20 Amp circuit will trip to prevent overheating if the amount of power crosses that threshold, for instance. If you have too many appliances plugged into one outlet or several outlets connected to a single circuit, you may experience problems with overloaded circuits.

Short Circuit

A short circuit is a more serious cause of a tripped circuit breaker. Short circuits occur when a black wire, or “hot wire,” touches a neutral white wire inside a circuit, or if there is a break in the wire in the circuit. To confirm if you have a short circuit, turn off all power to the outlets in question and inspect them thoroughly for damage or a melted appearance. If you suspect you have a short circuit, contact an electrician immediately. Short circuits can increase the risk of electrical fire if left unchecked.

Ground Fault

Similar to a short circuit, a ground fault involves a black wire in a circuit touching the ground wire or the side of a metal outlet box. To check for a ground fault, turn off all power to an outlet and look for signs of burning or melted wire casing. Also check to see that the black wire is not touching the ground wire or side of the outlet box.

Electrical problems can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to call a certified electrician as soon as you encounter an issue. For service when you need it from a Grapevine area electrician, call TLC Electrical at (817) 424-2684.