Tripping electricity can be a nuisance especially if you cannot figure out the source of the problem. In such a situation the frustration of repeat breaker trips can leave you low moods. You may be confused as to whether the wiring is a problem or a particular gadget is causing it. This is one of the most common electrical faults that users experience.
In spite of the temporary unpleasant effect of a tripping circuit breaker, it is a good thing that the power actually trips. Circuit breaker trips are a good sign that your electrical system is in a safe state. The breaker works to protect your electric gadgets and prevent damage, overheating, and fires. This is why the power trips whenever there is overload or possible danger.
However, if you have power trips you still need to have a solution to resolve the issue and continue with life so to speak.
Electricians who repair electrical trips will often look at three main aspects of the system.
Causes of Tripping Electricity
The current in an electric system flows to meet the demands or the load in current use. If the current flow is too much, more than what the system can handle it becomes dangerous. This is known as an overloaded circuit. Wires can get too hot and melt, fires can start, and damage to gadgets can happen. Therefore, a safety device that monitors the amount of current is necessary.
This is where the circuit breaker comes into play. A circuit breaker is a pair of thermostat and switch. This safety device induces a power trip to cut off power supply when the current flow is higher than the rating of the system.
So, if you have main switch tripping issues you may also need to look at the overall load.
A short circuit is an abnormal connection between two nodes of an electric circuit intended to be at different voltages. When that happens, electricity leaks, looking for a path of lower resistance. Another common reference that electricians make relating to a short circuit is a situation where a live wire contacts a neutral wire.
This compromises the resistance of the system, and the result is more current flows in the system than that which is safe. Breakers pick the rise, and induce a trip.
A short circuit is dangerous as the alternative path of low resistance that the current may flow can include people or anything with low resistance.
A ground fault is a type of fault in which the unintentional pathway of the straying electrical current flows directly to the earth.
What to do when power trips
There is an easy way to tell if you have a power trip and not a power cut. For example, when only one house or building is affected but others nearby are not.
Sometimes, you may find out that only lights have gone off or only plugs are not working. If you have such a situation, then know that the circuit breaker flipped to down position.
You can do a quick test to check the source of the electric trip. Here is what to do when power trips.
First, go to the electricity panel or distribution box and turn all breakers to an off position.
Then, make sure to disconnect all gadgets and switch all appliances off, like lights, tv set, fridge etc.
After that, return to the electric panel and switch it on.
Now, turn on the appliances one at a time, and see if the power will trip.
If you get to a faulty gadget, the power will trip. Then you have identified the source of tripping electricity and you can then isolate it. If there are many gadgets on one port, you might notice that power will only trips after a certain number of devices are connected, regardless of the order you place them. In that case, the reason lies not in a single appliance, but it’s a matter of overload. You have to use less gadgets on the port and install a new power point or connect to other nearby plug