If you’ve ever plugged in one too many holiday lights, switched on a vacuum, or cranked up a space heater only to have the lights or appliance suddenly shut off, you’ve created an electrical circuit overload. The shutdown was triggered by the circuit’s breaker (or fuses) in your home’s service panel. And while circuit breakers are reliable and do a good job preventing house fires due to overloads, the safest strategy is to manage your electricity usage to prevent overloads in the first place.
If the breaker trips while barely running any load, you almost definitely have a short circuit or another wiring problem. If the breaker does not trip until you’ve plugged in several appliances, you may be overloading the circuit. In this case, you should consider adding dedicated appliance circuits for big-ticket items or other electrical upgrades.
Rather than handling the difficult job on your own, rely on Electrical Industries to assist you with your circuit breaker replacement.