Does a breaker trip due to wet/moisture near the circuit? The old fridge has been replaced and a new cable has been run due to the moisture from the AC before. That circuit has been changed, now the breaker trips after a short period. Any explanation why it keep tripping?
By tek from Dallas, TX
I plugged in a vacuum cleaner in the living room and had other things going (TV, etc.) and blew the circuit. I unplugged everything and tried to re-set the circuit breaker (switch to off then back to on position). However, the switch will not switch completely to the off or on position. I can move the switch in either direction, but not enough for it to stay there. It goes right back to the middle. Can someone tell me if there is anything else I can try, or does thia mean I have to pay to have an electrician come in and repair this? Many thanks in advance!
Frazzled in Mass from Needham, MA
Thanks for your post. I was able to successfully change a circuit (15) by using your directions. It solved my problem. I noticed some people saying you should not do because you could burn your house down and such. But if they follow your instructions and turn off the main. It is relatively simple to do. I just made sure I had rubber handle needle nose to guide the house wire back into the new circuit as well as a big rubber handle screwdriver. Thanks for people like you. Bret
I turned off the main breaker and when I turned it back on my pool equipment is not working.
This is not a good sign-have a licensed electrician out to troubleshoot this because it's not a simple fix. Something in the wiring between the pool system and the circuit breaker is chewed/frayed/broken or loose, and a professional will have the specialised tools to track it down quickly.
I am working on my basement. I've installed new lights on a breaker, laundry room lights on the second breaker, the third breaker has four outlets, and the fourth breaker has three outlets. All the breakers are new and 20AMP. I had no problem with running the first three, but the forth one keeps tripping, even when I've got only one outlet on it. Any suggestions?
Breakers are cheaply made in China. It is not unusual for one to be bad. Luckily they are cheap enough to try a new one.
I asked an electrician to fix the circuit breaker in my house because it was tripping. So he connected 4mm wire between the neutral and the earth. All was well for 2 days, then it kept tripping whenever you pull out the wire. What could be the problem? Could it be a floating neutral?
By Justine from SA
Some where on that circuit there is a bad neutral. You should not have to add the wire to it? Did you nail in something to wall and then it happened (*maybe nicked the neutral)?
Neutral wire could have broken.
Wire nut could have come loose in junction box.
Is the line overloaded? running too much stuff.