Breaker / Fuse Keeps
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In the Event that that the
breaker in question gives you at least a couple of minutes after
resetting it before it trips again, then perform the following test
if you have access to a clamp on current meter...
Read the instructions and view
the videos in the article called
'Clamp On Current Meter'
so you know how to use one.
Test the hot wire attached to
the breaker in question inside the main electrical panel. With
everything on that that circuit is feeding if the current reading is
close / at / or exceeding the current rating of the breaker? If
there is a motor being used on the circuit such as a window air
conditioner, that can be current surge when the compressor kicks in
so you may want to also read that current spike when that happens.
If it is close / at / or exceeding the breakers rating then the
circuit is just overloaded.
If you are able to witness the
breaker tripping when the current was only around 10 amps on a 15
amp breaker, the breaker may be worn and need replacing.
If the circuit is just
overloaded you will have to find a way to remove items to keep the
circuit load lower. In some cases you may have to consider running a
brand new circuit to handle the demand.
If it trips instantly after
resetting, there is either an overload condition or a short try
removing items from the circuit.
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Written: July 5, 2013
Read / Released: July 11, 2013