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What Causes Tripped Circuits

Many homeowners have had to deal with a tripped circuit or two, but do you know what causes them?

We’ve all been there: you are trying to start the washing machine and it just won’t start; you’re about to get to the big reveal in the movie you’re watching and suddenly the power just goes out; you’re making your coffee and toast, when suddenly everything turns off, including the lights. All of these situations are probably the result of a tripped circuit, but do you know what causes tripped circuits in the first place? The following is a list from our electrician in Cincinnati of the main causes of tripped circuits:

#1. Overloaded Circuits

The most common reason why circuit breakers trip is an overloaded circuit. When there are too many electronics or appliances plugged into a single circuit, it can cause a dangerous level of heat in the wiring. This is because the appliances are drawing more electricity than the circuit can handle, and if your circuit breaker did not trip the circuit, it could lead to an electrical fire. Many older homes tend to experience overloaded circuits because their electrical systems were not designed for modern-day appliances.

Although overloaded circuits are the most common reason why circuit breakers trip, they aren’t the only thing that can cause trips. Would you like to learn about more common causes of circuit breaker trips? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog. As always, if you have an electrical question or concern, please contact us! We are always happy to help.