Breaker Tripped DIY
- turn off the light switches in the affected area
- unplug lamps or appliances
- Then reset the affected breaker
- if the breaker trips when you reset it the 1st time, do not repeat the reset. Stop and call an electrician to find the problem.
This step by step process will allow you to turn on the breaker and discover if any one thing is the root of the problem.
The breaker may be tripped all the way to one side or it may be in the middle position and feel loose to push either way.When you see one that is not in line with the others, this should be the one. Push it all the way to the tripped position and then back — to reset the breaker.
If the breaker holds in the reset position, you should be able to go back and turn on lights and plug in your lamps, etc. If any particular switch or wall device causes the breaker to trip, then you have found the problem. Mark the breaker and call an electrician, or replace the defective device and reset the breaker.
Your breaker panel may be marked wrong or not marked at all. If this happens, you may want us to come out and identify each circuit and perform maintenance on the interior of the breaker panel.
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