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Tripped Circuit Breaker

A tripped circuit breaker can cause one or more rooms to lose power. It's fairly easy to confirm if a tripper circuit breaker is the problem: all you have to do is check the breaker control circuit. Here's how to do that.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Breakers control circuits that run power to outlets, lights, alarms, and other electrical devices. Usually, a breaker "trips" because something goes wrong somewhere in the circuit, but it's easy to reset: just flip the switch from the ‘Off’ position back to ‘On’.

However, that's not the end of the line. Remember that tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses are not a cause, but a symptom of a problem. Something else is causing your system to overload.

How To Check Your Circuit Breaker

  • If the lights are off, then the problem may not be a tripped circuit breaker.

  • Breakers are in the main electrical panel of your home. Electrical Panels are usually located in the basement or garage. Typically, they are contained within a long grey metal box. In condos, breakers are often located in a closet.

  • Look at the label on the door to determine which switch corresponds to the areas of your house.

  • Do you see a breaker in the OFF or TRIPPED position? When this happens, most breakers will set to the middle position marked in orange. This will tell you whether the breaker has tripped.

If the issue isn't a tripped breaker, consider other possible culprits of power outages.

What to Do if a Tripped Circuit Breaker Is Causing Electrical Problems

While you can fix the problem in the short term by simply turning the tripped circuit breaker off and back on, it's best to find out what's causing the trip in the first place.

Need some help? Connect with a Remote Assist expert to figure out what might be overloading your circuit panel, so you're not constantly having to reset the circuit breaker.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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