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How to Check For and Reset a Tripped Breaker

March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Category: Electrical Tips

Often, I’ll get a call from a customer (usually in a panic) that the lights in their living room and a couple of bedrooms aren’t working. Or, maybe it’s a room full of outlets that don’t work. After asking if there are any tripped circuit breakers they’ll usually be quite confident that they checked already and there’s nothing wrong. Unfortunately, after driving all the way out there it will usually be just a circuit breaker that needs to be reset! Here’s how to check for yourself:

1. Locate your electrical panel. Please note that you home many have multiple panels and it’s imperative that you check each one, not just the biggest one in your house!

2. Pull the panel door open. If you’re lucky enough to have a Square D QO panel (the breakers will all have little clear windows on them) it’s easy to find a tripped breaker. Just look for the breaker that has a red-orange window. That’s the tripped breaker.

3. With most other major electrical panels tripped breakers will either be all the way in the off position (which is extremely easy to spot and you probably wouldn’t be reading this article now) or more commonly, in a “tripped position” neither on or off, but floating in the middle. It’s this position that gives must homeowners a problem because the breaker looks as if it’s on. Here’s how you test for this: Simply go up and down your panel trying to push each breaker in the “on” position. There should be little to no play because the breaker is already on. When you come across the tripped breaker there will be a lot of excess play. Now you’re ready for the next step.

4. Turning the breaker back on is a step that sounds easy (and it is) but most people don’t get quite right. Nine times out of ten someone with zero electrical knowledge will simply flip the breaker towards the on position and when nothing happens assume there is a bigger problem. Here’s why this doesn’t work: with most manufactures you MUST flip the breaker fully off THEN flip the breaker back on.

5. That’s it! Now check for power and make sure that there’s nothing else still off in the house as you may have multiple breakers that could have tripped.

6. If there is no evidence of a tripped circuit breaker you should consult a licensed electrician immediately.

Legal Note: These instructions will cover most electrical panels out there, not all. As always, consult your licensed San Francisco electrician before proceeding or if you have any questions.

 

What Instances May Call For An Emergency Bay Area Electrician?

November 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Category: Emergency Services

Electricity is an essential commodity today. There is hardly a home in the country that does not utilize this form of energy. When the power goes off or a fault is discovered, there is always the temptation to try and rectify the situation ourselves. This would be a mistake and one that could be costly! For this reason, it is advisable to have on hand the details of a reliable and qualified Bay Area emergency electrician.

There are a number of instances when you may need to call on an Bay Area electrical contractorfor assistance in an emergency. Most of us would find it difficult to be without our electrical appliances and gadgets, even for just a few hours!

Without expert knowledge it can be difficult to identify where the problem lies. For example, if your home power is constantly triggering the trip switch, understanding which circuit or appliance has the fault is not a simple or straightforward task. A trained Bay Area electrician would be able to identify the cause in a short space of time and put forward a solution that is safe and effective.

Another problem that can develop relating to electricity is when a socket or electrical fixture stops working. When a light goes on the blink, the first step would be to change the bulb. If this doesn’t fix the problem, it is time to call in a professional Bay Area electrician. The same can be said if your doorbell, home alarm, or electric heating system or hot water system breaks down.

If you live in an old property, it is more likely that you will have problems relating to the electrical wiring. The standards that existed two, three, and four decades ago are not as high as today. If you are planning to move into a new Bay Area property, get an electrician to give the building’s circuitry and wiring a thorough inspection, before you agree to the relocation.

If your Bay Area home has been flooded, perhaps due to damage during a storm or leaking plumbing, always contact a qualified professional to check the building for potential hazards. When water comes in contact with electricity, the combination can often be deadly. Never enter a waterlogged room without first of all ensuring the power has been turned off at the mains.

Finding a trustworthy emergency Bay Area electrician is not so hard today. You can compare the services and costs of various tradesmen online before giving any of them a call. Remember, in most countries it is illegal for electrical work to be carried out by an individual who is not licensed to perform the task.

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