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How Do I Reset My Breaker When It Has Tripped?

First, disconnect any devices and turn off all switches that may have caused the breaker to overload and trip. A breaker handle that appears to be neither ON nor OFF is in the trip position. To reset, push the breaker handle firmly into the OFF position until you hear a click. This indicates the breaker is reset. At this point, you can turn the breaker back on, again pressing firmly on handle until you hear a click in the ON position.

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What are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI’s)?

Per code, there are a minimum of four (4) GFCI receptacles in your house. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In layman's terms this device protects you from electrical shock. When it senses the slightest increase in resistance resulting from ground fault, (i.e., the use of electrical devices in or near water), it trips or shuts off to protect you.

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How Do I Reset or Test My GFCI Receptacle?

If the GFCI receptacle trips, all of the receptacles on that circuit will not work. Please unplug all devices and reset the GFCI circuit at the receptacle (NOT at the main panel). If the GFCI receptacle fails to reset and trips after several attempts, there may be a more serious problem. Please contact us to discuss the issue in more detail.

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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping when I use my vacuum, hair dryer, or other electrical appliances? What causes this?

Usually the problem is simply an overload of the circuit, meaning too much electrical current is being consumed at one time. Unplugging or running fewer appliances on the circuit should solve the problem. However, if the circuit is not overloaded and continues to trip, you may have an electrical short which requires an electrician to inspect the circuit and outlet.

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My Arc Fault Breaker Has Tripped. What Should I do?

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter Breakers (AFCI) have integrated computer chips that identify a disturbance to the standard electrical current of the circuit it protects. AFCI breakers are different from standard breakers which only protect for over-current issues. If an arc-fault circuit is not working, turn off all devices and turn off all switches before testing the breaker. At the main panel, press the yellow “TEST” button on the AFCI breaker for the affected circuit. It should NOT click indicating it has already tripped. If the breaker clicks, try the next AFCI breaker until you find the breaker that does NOT click. For each breaker that you have tested, you must reset the breaker by following the same steps for a standard breaker.

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