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Could a bad circuit breaker light switch or plug outlet cause the bedroom light to flicker when turned on?


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2005-09-17 16:51:23
2005-09-17 16:51:23

Yes a bad circuit breaker and a bad light switch can cause a light to flicker when its turned on. It could also be caused by loose wiring going or coming from that paticular circuit. it also could be something in the fixture itself causing. Checking for loose connections is your cheapest and first route to go.


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Blown fuse or circuit breaker. Wires loose on another outlet in that run feeding that bedroom's outlets.

It's set by the circuit breaker that protects the circuit, and the setting on the circuit breaker is determined by the cable thickness.

If the 220V circuit is dedicated, is to derate the circuit to a dedicated 110V outlet. Replace the 220V breaker with a 110V breaker and install a 110V outlet in place of the 220V outlet. If the original circuit was 20A or greater go with a 20A breaker and a 20A outlet as Airconditioners are fairly large loads. Do not exceed the current rating of the old circuit as that is all the current the existing wiring can handle.

Circuit breaker or GFCI outlet with local reset button.

Not if the GFCI breaker is supplying the circuit you are wanting to put the GFCI receptacle into.

If you have an electrical outlet not working and you have an idea what you are doing, you set out to repair it. First, you check the circuit breaker for a thrown circuit breaker. If that is not the case, you get a volt meter. When you have a volt meter, you throw the circuit breaker to that outlet. Then you take a screwdriver and you remove the outlet but keep the wires attached. You make sure the wires are not touching anything. You go back to the circuit breaker panel. You turn on the electricity. Then you test the wires with your voltmeter. If it shows they have electricity, you know the problem is the outlet. If not, you have a different problem. You go back to the panel and turn off the circuit breaker. You put the outlet back in. If the problem was the outlet you buy a new outlet. In the United States, a number of hardware and electrical supply stores sell them. You go back. You turn off the circuit breaker. You remove the outlet from the wall. You notice where the wires are. The new outlet also comes with an explanation of how to attach the wires. You attach them and put the outlet back in the wall. If the problem was not the outlet, you call an electrician. While an electrician will cost money, a burned down house will cost more money.

Circuit breakers can degrade over time but it would be better to get a competant electrician to do it. It might also mean you have too many things plugged into one outlet. Sometimes one circuit breaker may protect several outlets so it might be tripping because of a change in another outlet. ELECTRICTY IS DANGEROUS!!!! Don't do it yourself.

You can replace a 15A outlet with a 20A outlet. However you need a circuit protected by a 20A breaker or fuse and 12 AWG wire to run 20A through the circuit.

One can find a GFI outlet wherever in a household you can find an outlet. Sometimes, there is a GFI circuit breaker that can control multiple outlets.

A breaker trips when there is too much current. If you unplug everything on the circuit and the breaker still trips then you have a wiring problem or a bad breaker. From your description it is not possible to be certain if the problem started when you installed new outlet or previously. You have to describe your problem in better detail to get a good answer. When you have a circuit that trips the corresponding breaker, you need to go through each outlet on the circuit and rule it out as the problem. This can be done by pulling each outlet, from the wall and systematically remove wires from outlets while power is off and determining when problem goes away.

No, reduce the load below the ampere rating of the circuit breaker, or increase the wire size and breaker size to match the existing load

Go to your distribution panel and shut off the breaker that you think is the circuit in question. If the circuit becomes de-energized then the breaker you just turned off feeds that circuit. Look on the handle of the breaker and the number you see is the amperage of that circuit. <<>> Determination of a 15 or 20 Ampere circuit is normally indicated by a combination of a 20A breaker and a 20A dedicated outlet. A 15A circuit normally has multiple outlets; not typical in a 20A circuit.

If the GFI outlet is tripped (the outlet, not the breaker) then it is telling you there is a ground fault which must be fixed. If the GFI outlet is not tripped, and the breaker is not tripped, but it is still not providing power, then you have a loose connection or a wiring error.

First, check the circuit breakers; make sure they are all ON. Find out if any other outlets on the same breaker are working; it's always possible that a breaker is faulty. If the breaker is on and everything else on the circuit is working, it could be as simple as a poor connection inside the outlet. Also even though the outlet is not a GFCI, it may be fed from a GFCI outlet. Check near by outlets to see if any are GFCI and are tripped.

If you are planning on adding a ceiling outlet in the bedroom for a ceiling fan, code requires a combination type AFCI.

Deoends on code you are governed by. In USA, a GFCI outlet or a circuit controlled by a GFCI circuit breaker would be required.

If correctly earthed the circuit will trip out. If not it can short circuit the connections in the fitting.

The size breaker you use is determined by the size wire used in the circuit. If you use AWG #12/2 wire then use a 20 amp breaker. If you use AWG # 14/2 then use a 15 amp breaker.

It generally means that you should turn that circuit off at the breaker panel until the electrical outlet can be replaced.

yes, It does not exceed its rating No, The breaker rating exceeds the rating of the 50 amp outlet. The outlet is designed for a maximum rating of 50 amps. To trip the breaker the outlet would have to go 10 amps over its design. You can downsize the 60A to a 50A breaker to comply with the electrical code. The wire connected should be a # 6 which is good for 60A so it will handle 50A nicely.

If you can plug the fridge into another outlet and it comes on, then the issue is either a bad outlet connection or the circut breaker may be going out and needs replacement. Try the fridge on another outlet 1st. If it trips that one too then there is a short in your fridge.

Usually the circuit breaker will trip or fuse will blow to open the circuit. There is some chance the if the breaker or fuse is rated too high the wire to the outlet socket could overheat and cause a fire.

It means the breaker has been tripped. There are two possible ways to reset it - some have a button on the outlet (there may be several outlets on one circuit, so you may have to look around) the other is the main breaker in your breaker box. You'll need to find a reset the breaker.

Voltage does not dictate wire gauge, amperage does. The amperage rating of the breaker feeding the new circuit and the length of the run to the outlet determines your answer.

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