Common Causes of a Tripped Circuit

November 19, 2019

Many people are familiar with the fact that if a circuit is overloaded, the circuit breaker will trip. However, they’re often not aware of the many other possible causes behind a tripped circuit. Two other common causes are short circuits and ground faults. Short Circuit In addition to causing the circuit to trip, a short circuit might come with sparks, smoke and popping sounds. Short circuits occur when an active wire touches a neutral wire. This overloads the circuit, forcing it to trip the breaker in order to protect you and your property. What causes short circuits?: Animals chewing on...

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