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Not necessarily, you may have a genuine fault on the circuit that needs attention...

First thing to do is unplug and disconnect everything on that circuit and try again. If it then resets properly, one of the items you've disconnected is faulty.

With the trip reset (power on), plug in each item one by one and see if it trips again. Whatever you are plugging in when it trips is more than likely the faulty item.

The likely suspects are usually Washing Machines, Dish Washers, Kettles, cookers and Microwaves.

It could be fault, but better to be safe than sorry and check the circuit first.

If not entire sure what you are doing, get a qualified electrician to look at it.

If the trip does need replacing get a qualified electrician to do it!

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Q: Does a circuit breaker need to be replaced if it will not go back to the on position after it trips and is switched to off?
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What causes a circuit breaker to switched off?

The need to de energize the circuit the breaker is feeding is a cause to have a circuit breaker switched off. If you are referring to a breaker tripping off, the cause would be from an overload condition being applied to the circuit, the breaker sensing it and shutting the circuit off.

Is it true or false that a circuit breaker must be replaced after a short circuit occurs?

A circuit breaker must be reset to ON after a short circuit but does not need to be replaced. It depends on the type of CB. A fuse is also a circuit breaker and it needs to be replaced after a short circuit. Relayed circuit breakers have to be "picked up" after a dropout and need not be replaced as such.

Does surge strips provide overload protection even when the circuit breaker is switched off?

If the circuit breaker is in the off position there is no need of overload protection. Overload protection monitors the load amperage, If there is no amperage through the circuit there is nothing to monitor.

What to do when computer circuit breaker reset button begin to make noises?

Have the circuit breaker replaced.

How does a fuse differ from a circuit breaker?

A fuse must be replaced if blown, a circuit breaker can be reset.

How do you reset your circuit breaker?

I'm assuming this is a typical breaker you would find in your home. Pull the breaker to the off position, then to the on position. When the breaker blows on overcurrent, it will go to somewhere between the off and on position and open the circuit. From this position, you cannot force it to close (on position) without first taking it completely to the off position.

What fuse powers the sun roof on your 1995 jeep limited?

Sunroof has a 30 amp circuit breaker, position number 26 in the fuse box on the far passenger side of the dash. This circuit breaker also powers the power windows. The circuit breaker can be pulled out and replaced just like a regular fuse.

How would you turn off the main circuit breaker?

You would move the handle of the breaker from the on position to the off position.

Why might a circuit breaker not stay on?

There are two main reasons that a breaker might not reset. One is mechanical failure in the breaker itself. If this is the case the breaker has to be replaced. The other reason that the breaker might not reset is that the breaker is doing its job and still senses an overload when the breaker is switched back on after an overload trip.To check the breaker as to which fault is occurring disconnect the load conductor from the breaker. Try resetting the breaker. If it will not reset then it is a mechanical fault. If the breaker resets with the load conductor off then shut the breaker off, reconnect the load conductor and turn the circuit back on.If it trips this time then there is a fault in the circuit and it has to be located and repaired before the circuit is put back into service. You might need an electrician to troubleshoot the circuit depending on what equipment the circuit controls.

What is 'trip free' feature in circuit breakers?

It means that when the breaker is switched "ON" using the push button and simultaneously a fault occurs, the breaker will trip even if the push button is still being held in "ON" position.

How do circuit breaker keep the wires in a electrical circuit from overheating?

A circuit breaker is designed to 'break' in a circuit if a short circuit (or other malfunction) occurs. This prevents overheating (or burn-out) of the circuit wires. In older systems, you would need to find which fuse wire has fused and replace it. In a circuit breaker, once the fault has been found and corrected, the breaker is simply switched back on.

How is a fuse different from a circuit breaker?

A fuse is used one time and replaced. A breaker can be re-set.

Is a circuit breaker an alternative fuses?

That's a good description of a circuit breaker, yes. Plus when it trips, it does not have to be replaced like a fuse - it is merely reset.

A circuit breaker in the off position should not be pushed to the on position until the problem is what?


A circuit breaker in the off position should not be pushed to the on position until the problem is?


What kind of a GE circuit breaker can you use in place of a GE tandem breaker?

A GE tandem breaker can be removed and replaced with a GE single pole breaker.

Can a circuit breaker be locked in the on position to stop inadvertent switch offs?

No, this isn't necessary. The circuit breaker protects your home by avoiding an overcharging caused by a short-circuit. It's advisable blocking the access to the breaker.

What is a disadvantage of using fuses?

One disadvantage of using fuses is when you have a short circuit condition and the circuit opens, the fuse has to be physically removed and replaced with a new one. This is unlike a breaker that just has to be reset to the on position.

What does the trip free characteristic of a circuit breaker mean?

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Can a 20 amp breaker be replaced with a 15 amp breaker?

Yes. but the load rating of the circuit will be reduced to that of 15 amps.

How do you safely reset the circuit breaker?

If you know what caused the breaker to trip then remove it from the circuit. Then open panel door and locate the tripped breaker as the one that is no longer in the full ON position. Some have a colored flag that appears when tripped. Now move the toggle to the full OFF position and then to the full ON position.

Is the main circuit breaker is a sum of the sub circuit breaker?

no main circuit breker =circuit breaker

What is a Circuit breaker and explain type circuit breakers?

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What breaks a circuit as a safety measure?

It is a fuse or a breaker. The wire inside the fuse will burn out and will need to be replaced once the fault has be corrected. A breaker is designed to click open, so breaking the circuit.

If your circuit breaker popped and will not go back what should you do?

first be sure to reset the breaker handle to the off position. When a breaker trips the handle goes to a neutral position. After resetting the handle turn it tothe on position. If it trips again there is a short in the circuit. Find out which outlets are not workingand unplug anything that is currently plugged in to the outlets. Reset the breaker and turn it to the on position,if it trips again call a qualified electrician.