what to do when circuit breaker trips?

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what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Icon » 26 Feb 2012, 10:39

There goes my coffee. Was fixing toast and egg when a circuit breaker tripped. Now, there is no fridge and half the house lights, kitchen bathroom and hall. Lovely. Both heaters were on, but are still on, not on the same line. ???

Am I right to assume that resetting it is enough or given the conditions, should I take a more cautious approach?
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby jimipresley » 26 Feb 2012, 10:44

Switch off the heaters and reset. If it trips again, there's a short-circuit somewhere, and you need to get an electrician in. If it doesn't, then you know that the heaters were drawing too much current, or one of them has a short.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby the bear » 26 Feb 2012, 10:46

I have the same issue....toasting while heatering and kettle boiling will trip the circuit.....best just turn the heater off when toasting.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Icon » 26 Feb 2012, 10:49

Yeah, did that already. What puzzles me is that the area affected was the kitchen mostly. I have a new kitchen furniture thinghy, with a main plug where the hot plate and the oven were connected to. I am a bit more suspicious of that, but yeah, it doesn't help the heaters were on.

Going to pull the switch now. If you do not hear from me... send in the cavalry!

Thank you guys, JP and Bear!
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby jimipresley » 26 Feb 2012, 10:51

So it was you, Icon, who caused that earthquake!
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Icon » 26 Feb 2012, 10:54

jimipresley wrote:So it was you, Icon, who caused that earthquake!


I strive to be the kind of woman who, when her feet touch the floor in the morning, the devil goes "crap, she's up". :D
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby StuartCa » 26 Feb 2012, 12:07

you're using heaters? it's not that cold.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby finley » 26 Feb 2012, 12:10

In our place all the wiring is incorrectly rated, presumably to save money by using cheap, thin cables. The entire kitchen circuit is therefore on (I think) a 16A breaker, which basically means you can't run the microwave and the kettle at the same time, or the breaker will trip. You may have something similar in your house, especially if it's a new building. No big deal. Just reset it and remember not to do it next time. Older buildings tend to be the other way, i.e., breakers that NEVER trip.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Icon » 26 Feb 2012, 12:44

Stuart: Just got up, and the house was chilly, so I thought I'd run them an hour or two, to make the morning easier...

Finley: mine is a 40 year old place. Lemme tell you, when I checked the breakers, none were OFF. I am sure I heard the loud CLACK! just before the power went off, so, I know one tripped, but the whole box was ON. So I wiggled and turned each one on and off until the fridge came back to life.

I looked for my reliable shuidien han guys, but both seem to have taken Sunday off. Oh well, better be careful and have this stuff checked out Wednesday.
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Re: what to do when circuit breaker trips?

Postby Tempo Gain » 26 Feb 2012, 13:29

Icon wrote:
Finley: mine is a 40 year old place. Lemme tell you, when I checked the breakers, none were OFF. I am sure I heard the loud CLACK! just before the power went off, so, I know one tripped, but the whole box was ON. So I wiggled and turned each one on and off until the fridge came back to life.



When they trip they don't go all the way down, but sit at an intermediate position a bit below "ON." You might have missed it.
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