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Do your breakers ever trip?

If you answered no to this, that does not mean you are in the clear from electrical issues. A breaker is designed to trip when a load is in excess of what the breakers are listed and rated for. For example: When a load of 19 amps is applied to a 15 amp circuit breaker. This should trip the breaker due to overload.  

Another reason a circuit breaker should trip is a short or fault exists on a circuit. A short may be caused for many reasons; a damaged wire, damaged electrical component, or an appliance that is plugged in that is faulty or bad. After all, this is the breakers job. 

We have witnessed first hand what happens when a breaker is not performing properly. We have seen a short circuit occur while in a customer’s home and the breaker not trip. In short, no pun intended the sparks starting flying. It would remind you of watching someone welding on tv or a Jacobs ladder from your high school science class. 

Some common breaker boxes that were installed in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are listed in the graph below. Some of the results are quite shocking. Breakers were tested and all of the ones above the dotted red line were a fail. Some in excess of 200% of the breaker’s rating. 

Is your panel or breakers in the red zone? If so have a licensed electrician check your electrical system for it and your safety.

Source of the table above: personal email, Dr. Jess Aronstein to Daniel Friedman, 2017/05/11 & 2017/10/19.


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