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What to do When a Circuit Trips

At ElectricMasters, we believe that every homeowner should know what to do when a circuit breaker gets tripped.

Tripped circuit breakers are quite common, and most of us have to deal with them at some point or another. When it comes to your electrical system, it’s definitely smart to leave repairs and maintenance up to a professional electrician in Cincinnati, but in most cases, you are safe to address a tripped circuit breaker on your own.

What should you do if a circuit breaker trips?

All you have to do to reset a circuit breaker that has been tripped or shut off is to turn it back on again. Look for the circuit that is in a different position than all of the others. It may not be in the “off” position. Sometimes, it will be somewhere in between the “on” and “off” positions. Before you flip the circuit back on, put it fully in the “off” position.

What should you do if the circuit won’t turn back on?

This may mean that the circuit you are trying to turn back on is still overloaded. In this case, unplug all of the appliances that are connected to the circuit, and press the reset button on any outlets that are GFCIs.

What should you do if the circuit breaker keeps tripping?

If the circuit breaker keeps tripping after you reset it, your best option is to turn to an electrician. Constant tripping may indicate a serious electrical problem that should only be addressed by a professional.

Do you have questions or concerns about what to do when a circuit breaker trips? If so, contact us! We are always happy to help.