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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Not exactly. Breakers trip because the current exceeds the rating of that breaker. In other words....you're plugging too much into that circuit. And the wire can only safely handle a certain amount of current; so you can't just put a bigger breaker in. <><><> (LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer]
Electricity is dangerous!
You can be injured or killed!
Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!

The only time I would expect "upgrading" your service would help you to stop tripping breakers was if it was the main breaker that was tripping, and that because of overload [high current]!

It is possible that the panel is poorly maintained and the breakers do not connect to the busbar snugly, allowing a voltage drop at the connection point. This would generate heat at the connection which would contribute to the breaker tripping if it has a thermal trip as well as a magnetic element. It would also contribute to lowered voltage at the intended load, which could cause higher current draw in some cases [motors]

On the other hand, I have found that some unscrupulous tradesmen will use the opportunity to sell a big job because they need the work, rather than fix a simple problem.

I recently had a service call where the people complained that "everything goes out all over." They could have been sold a new service by someone, even though theirs wasn't that old ... but all they needed was to have additional breakers installed.

Somebody had put three circuits into one breaker and two each into two others, so they had three breakers instead of seven.

The usual real solution is to run a new line for new receptacles to the point of high demand and leave the rest of the wiring alone. Home handymen and many remodelers who do their own electrical work often just dump anything they add onto any existing circuit. <><><>

As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,
on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,
always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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