The most common sign of a short circuit is when a circuit breaker trips and interrupt the circuit causing it to shut down. However, there are other problems that can cause a circuit breaker to trip, such as power overloads, so, it is crucial to determine what is causing the breaker to trip. If a circuit breaker keeps tripping even immediately after being reset, it is a strong indication that a portion of your electrical system is faulty or one of the appliances connected to a particular circuit is faulty.
Follow the steps below to resolve the problem;
Locate and identify the tripped circuit breaker:
At the main service panel or distribution board, check for an individual circuit breaker with a handle that has pulled to the OFF position. Some circuit breakers may have a red or orange window indicator to make it easy to locate. This tripped breaker will identify the circuit where the problem exists if labeling was done on each of the breakers. Leave the circuit breaker OFF after identify it.
Inspect appliance power cords:
Inspect all the power cords plugged into the receptacle along the circuit that has tripped. If you see any that is damaged or on which the rubber insulation has melted, then it could be the short circuit is within the electrical appliance or device itself. Unplug these appliances from the power outlet. If the suspected appliances are located, switch the circuit breaker back to ON position after unplugging the culprit. If the breaker does not trip again, it is very certain that the problem existed in the appliance. However, if the circuit breaker goes off again immediately, move to the next step.
- Turn off all light and appliance switches along the circuit. Then, return the circuit breaker back to the ON state.
- Turn on each light switch or electrical appliance switch, one at a time. If you get to a switch that makes the circuit breaker to trip again, now you have identified the part of circuit wiring where a loose connection or wiring fault exists.
- Repair the circuit wiring having fault. This step may require the help of a professional electrician. Never attempt this unless you are very confident of your knowledge and skill level. This repair may require shutting off the circuit, then opening the outlet and switch boxes to check the wires and wire connections and making any repairs that are necessary.
- If no obvious problem is found in any of the plug-in appliances or fixture wiring connections, the fault is likely hidden somewhere in the wall wiring. Solving this problem will require you to contact an electrician to deal with it. So, you can contact us.
Never attempt to ON the circuit until the fault has been identified and fix.