How To Know If Something Has Tripped!

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Knowing what caused a possible trip in your electrical can be difficult to determine sometimes.  Below are some options to try first before calling an electrician.  If the below mentioned options do not solve the problem call Ring Electric Inc., at (613)299-8239!  Quotes are always free!

The location of possible tripped devices is not limited to your main panel. Besides reset buttons on garbage disposals, water heaters, and on some in-wall heaters, there can be circuit breakers or fuses in a subpanel far from the main panel. Look in basements, closets, utility rooms and behind pictures, mirrors, and doors. If you have a box of generator switches, one of those might have been knocked off accidentally.

Rather than a fuse or breaker, a ground-fault interrupter (GFI) receptacle could have tripped. My hints for looking for these devices relate to the rooms they are commonly in. Also, at a dead outlet there is a Test you can make to tell you how likely it is that it is dead from a GFI that is tripped somewhere else.

Suppose you are at your main panel or subpanel or a fusebox. Can you easily tell (from looking) that nothing is tripped or blown? The answer is NO. If something is obviously tripped or blown, fine (although it could represent an ancient problem someone else gave up on long ago — not your present problem). No, very often something can be tripped or blown and be hard to detect. The surest way to find out is to Test for hotness at the circuit wire where it leaves the breaker or fuse terminal; that terminal screw itself is usually just as good a place to test.

If you are avoiding this test from a concern about safety, a second best procedure is to very firmly push the handle of every breaker in turn firmly to full “off”, so that it perhaps even clicks in place, and then firmly click it to “on” — but don’t be holding it on, especially if it is buzzing or humming. This is the right procedure for resetting any breaker. “Flip the breaker back and forth” is simple-minded and misleading.

A third best attempt is simply to weakly press each breaker handle a little more toward on (or later toward off, but without turning it off) and notice if one breaker seemed to have more give or play to it than the others; then do the off-then-on procedure just on it, remembering which one it is.

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  1. This post will help people to identify if something has tripped or had a short circuit in their house electrical wiring.

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