Looking at your circuit breaker

Do Circuit Breakers Go Bad?

Circuit breaker problems are annoying for any homeowner to deal with. However, most homeowners also know that when your circuit breakers “trips” (or turns off automatically,) it’s actually doing so to protect you, and to ensure your electrical system isn’t being overloaded.

The flipside of this is that circuit breakers do sometimes malfunction, and you should be able to tell whether your system has tripped or is actually faulty. Keep reading to learn how to tell if your circuit breaker has gone bad, and remember to call our skilled Raleigh electricians at CMC Electric if you need circuit breaker repair or replacement.

How to Tell If Your Circuit Breaker Has Gone Bad

  1. Figure Out What Your Circuit Breaker Is Protecting: When you go to your electrical panel to reset your system, check to see which circuit breaker handle seems to be misaligned. There should be a label attached to the switch telling you what it controls. If that equipment appears to be working fine after you have reset the system, your circuit breaker is probably okay. If it continues to malfunction, you may have a bigger issue on your hands.
  2. Unplug Any Electrical Devices That May Be Overloading That Circuit: Figuring out which circuit specifically is malfunctioning will also allow you to determine what you are using that circuit for. That circuit may simply be overloaded, in which case you will need to unplug a few of the electrical devices its powering. Try rebooting your system after doing this, and if your circuit breaker still fails to provide power, then call an electrician.
  3. Listen for the Click of the Circuit Breaker: One of the key elements of turning your circuit breaker on and off is the distinct “click” you should hear as you flip the switch. If your circuit breaker handle does not make any noise, chances are there’s a problem. Remember, your circuit should also take a minute to trip after you hear that click. If there’s no noise, and the system turns off right away, you’re likely dealing with either a short circuit or a bad breaker, and will need to call a professional electrician right away.

At CMC Electric, we have what you need to keep your electrical system working better and lasting longer! Call 24/7 at (919) 694-4454 for emergency repairs and same-day service, or contact us online for more information. And don’t forget to ask about available specials and financing!

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