I would like to know why our circuit trips a lot. Is it because there is too much load on it?
By Zwings Yoo from Yola, Nigeria
I was told by the guy who replaced the breaker box in our apartment that a circuit trips to *prevent* an overload. It means you're trying to use too much in one area, so it shuts down to avoid a hazard.
Whether or not this is the only reason I have no clue, I'm no electrician. LOL. But he suggested not running, say, the microwave and the dishwasher at one time, or a vacuum and a hair dryer. Hope this helps! (04/10/2010)
By Hyena Cub
While breakers can go bad it is usually an overload. Add up the wattage of everything on the circuit and divide by 120 to get a rough amperage. If it is greater than the amp rating of the breaker, move something to another circuit. If you have something with a motor in it like a refrigerator or washer or dryer, when the motor starts it draws a lot of current for a brief period to get the motor started- it's called inrush current, which can cause a breaker to trip if it is close to capacity. (04/10/2010)
If the breaker keeps tripping, there is likely too big a load on it. Perhaps there are a lot of things on that circuit. I have one circuit that has my fridge, microwave, TV, VCR, and coffeemaker and toaster. I cannot use the microwave and the coffee maker at the same time, nor make toast and coffee at the same time. This was not a good plan when the house was wired with 4 outlets on one breaker -- especially with 3 of them in the kitchen! (04/12/2010)
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