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Breaker Keeps Tripping at Night

The breaker to our living room and patio has tripped twice at night. Once my husband just flipped it back on and it was fine. The next night it happened again and will not flip back on. The things on the breaker are just standard things (TV, 2 lamps, an overhead light and fan, as well as, the overhead lights and fans on patio).

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We can't figure out why it won't flip back on or why it is tripping at night when everything is off. Any ideas? Oh, and this is a new construction home. We have been in it 1 1/2 years.

By K.D.

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful
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Usually you will find it on the outside part of the things you mentioned. A bug or spider in the fixture. Turn the breaker off and clean all the fixtures outside including the plug ins. Moisture sometimes causes the wires to corrode, usually something simple like that if it hasn't been doing it before. I do my own and there is no risk as long as the breaker is off.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Something is pulling too many amps..try unplugging something and then flipping the main switch again. See if that helps. There could be a short somewhere, it would be a good idea to hire an electrician if this does not solve the problem.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

The breaker itself could be faulty and may need to be replaced, or there could be a short you can't find. Best to call an electrician and play it safe.

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