How to Fix Your Circuit Breaker

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Circuit breakers are devices used to interrupt power flow in the event of a power failure. When a circuit breaker trips, current flows through the breaker and the electrical load until power comes back.

Circuit breakers can be reset manually or automatically when they detect a fault condition, such as during a power outage.

This article will explain how to test and reset a circuit breaker when you need it.

Step 1

You will need to find the circuit breaker panel box before you can start replacing the fuses. The best way to do this is to shut off all of the power in your home, including any and all appliances.

Step 2

Next, look for a metal box on your home’s exterior wall that has two rows of buttons and switches inside it. This is your circuit breaker panel box.

The panel box may be in a garage or basement, but it should be close enough to where you need it so that you can easily reach it from inside your home.

Step 3

Make sure that you are wearing safety glasses and using a flashlight if necessary, as the interior of the panel box can be quite dark if there are no lights turned on inside of it.

Step 4

Turn off all power to your home by flipping every switch in the panel box up (clockwise). Each switch should have an accompanying indicator light located directly above it on the panel box’s faceplate.

The indicator light will show whether or not power is flowing through a particular circuit.

How to Fix Your Circuit Breaker
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Step 5

Find and identify each circuit with an indicator light by counting down from #1 at the top of the faceplate until you reach #15 at the bottom left corner of the faceplate (these numbers are in red).

If there are more than 15 circuits in your house, simply continue counting from #16 at the bottom right corner of the faceplate (these numbers are in black).

Step 6

Make sure that every indicator light is turned off by flipping its corresponding switch down (counter-clockwise).

Remember which switches corresponded with which circuits because this information will come in handy later when you want to turn them back on again!

Step 7

Now that you have turned off all of the power to your home, you can replace each fuse one at a time. If you are replacing a fuse for a circuit that has an indicator light, make sure that the light is turned off before you replace the fuse.

Step 8

Once you have replaced the fuse, flip its corresponding switch back up to turn power back on for that circuit. Once all of the indicator lights are turned on and power is flowing through every circuit in your home, your electrical problems should be solved!

If you do not have a circuit breaker panel box in your home, or if it does not match the description above, it is possible that you have an old-fashioned fuse box instead.

An Important Device for Power Outages

The circuit breaker is an important device that is used to protect your home from power outages. You should know how to test and reset a circuit breaker if needed.

Please note that the steps described in this article are for information only. You should not use this information as a guide for troubleshooting a specific problem with your home’s electrical system.

Contact an electrician or qualified electrician if you have questions about circuit breakers or electrical wiring in your home.

Our blog, HandyWork, helps you find answers to your home repair questions. If you have questions about this article, please post a comment or a question below.


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