I know I need to get an electrician, but think I need to isolate the problems a little first. Being a complete novice I hope someone out there can help. Over the last few days my circuit breaker as tripped, only in the evening, during the day when all the appliances are used there is no problem.
Beginning around 18:00 hours it begins tripping. I have turned every item off and that doesn't help. The circuit breaker still trips. Once again today absolutely fine until 18:00. Any ideas?
By Nicky from Marbella
Could it be your refrigerator? They have power surges when the cooling needs to kick in, but often just sit there happily until such time. Maybe it needs to cool after the door has been opened when you are preparing dinner? (12/09/2009)
I would think that if it trips at the same time every day and you have everything turned off, before I'd call an electrician, I'd call the electric company and see if they can help. Could be something going on on their side. You didn't mention if it affects the whole house or just one circuit. I'd still start with the electric company. (12/10/2009)
Maybe your circuit breaker box needs to be replaced. (12/10/2009)
By Carol in PA
I don't really know how things work in your region, but where I am our hot water service is on a night tariff that doesn't start heating up until the evening so that we have hot water for the next day. Maybe your hot water service is kicking in at that time creating the over load. (12/10/2009)
A big thank you for all those kind people who tried to solve my problem. The electrician came several times and eventually in the evening when the problem occurred. We think (fingers crossed) it was a faulty circuit breaker. It seemed to happen when the street lights came on and went off (scary, hope I am not paying for the outside street lighting. I have been assured this is not the case).
Hey, electrical supplier of 23 years, Thank you. We started having this tripping with one of two breakers to our electric boiler for the in floor heat. This is the 2nd heating season for our 2nd home and just could not figure it out. We had come to the conclusion that switching out the breaker would be our 1st step in trouble shooting, then I Googled and this blog showed up. I read it to my husband (4 hours away and snowed in) he pulled the panel off and lo and behold a loose wire. Problem solved and I'm getting all the glory. Thanks again. (12/30/2009)
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