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A breaker trips when its rated current has either been slightly exceeded over a period of time or grossly exceeded instantaneously.

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A short circuit on the system will cause a breaker instantaneously trip.

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Will cobwebs trip a breaker?

No, cobwebs alone will not trip a breaker. Breakers are designed to protect against overloading and short circuits, not cobwebs. However, if the cobwebs accumulate and cause insulation damage, it could potentially cause an electrical issue that may trip the breaker. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent this.


If live is kept open could it trip circuit breaker by connecting neutral to ground?

Yes, keeping a live wire open can potentially trip a circuit breaker if the neutral and ground are connected. This can create a potential difference between neutral and ground, leading to a fault current that may trip the breaker. It is unsafe to have a live wire left open and in contact with other conductors.


What is the max load on a 30 amp breaker?

The maximum load on a 30 amp breaker is 30 amps at 40 degrees C. If the ambient temperature is higher that 40 degrees C then the breaker will trip at a lower current. Keep in mind the breaker is a dual function device. On a short circuit the magnetic component will trip the breaker instantaneously. If you are designing a branch circuit for a load that is constantly on, code may require you to "derate" the branch by 20 percent so that the ordinary load is not at the rated load of the overcurrent protection.


Can start amps of 27 trip a 15 amp circuit breaker?

Of course! There may be a rare case where a spike of very short duration above 15 A won't trip the breaker, but in the case of a motor startup it should trip.


How many amps doe it take to trip a 20 amp breaker?

A 20 amp breaker will trip if the current exceeds 20 amps for an extended period of time. It is designed to protect the circuit from overheating and causing a fire hazard. So, it would take more than 20 amps to trip a 20 amp breaker.

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Will cobwebs trip a breaker?

No, cobwebs alone will not trip a breaker. Breakers are designed to protect against overloading and short circuits, not cobwebs. However, if the cobwebs accumulate and cause insulation damage, it could potentially cause an electrical issue that may trip the breaker. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent this.


If live is kept open could it trip circuit breaker by connecting neutral to ground?

Yes, keeping a live wire open can potentially trip a circuit breaker if the neutral and ground are connected. This can create a potential difference between neutral and ground, leading to a fault current that may trip the breaker. It is unsafe to have a live wire left open and in contact with other conductors.


What is the max load on a 30 amp breaker?

The maximum load on a 30 amp breaker is 30 amps at 40 degrees C. If the ambient temperature is higher that 40 degrees C then the breaker will trip at a lower current. Keep in mind the breaker is a dual function device. On a short circuit the magnetic component will trip the breaker instantaneously. If you are designing a branch circuit for a load that is constantly on, code may require you to "derate" the branch by 20 percent so that the ordinary load is not at the rated load of the overcurrent protection.


Can start amps of 27 trip a 15 amp circuit breaker?

Of course! There may be a rare case where a spike of very short duration above 15 A won't trip the breaker, but in the case of a motor startup it should trip.


What would cause a breaker to trip?

A breaker will keep tripping until the fault that caused it to trip is corrected. That's what it is designed to do. There's either a circuit overload or a short circuit. How fast the breaker trips can indicate how overloaded it is. If you are very close to the rating of the breaker you can actually trip it over time. If you are definitely over the breaker will usually trip instantly. If there is a short circuit you can usually tell that by how violently the breaker trips. If you have conduit you can hear the wires banging around in the pipe. A frequently tripping breaker may also be faulty and need to be replaced - breakers are designed to fail by tripping prematurely rather than by not tripping at all, as this is much safer. This is very often the case for breakers that trip at seemingly random intervals, often when very little load is being drawn.


Why do you need a shunt trip breaker?

A shunt trip breaker is installed like any other molded case breaker. The only difference is that it has an internal tripping coil that is usually connected to a C.T. The breaker is usually mounted in a MCC cabinet The top of the breaker is bolted to the MCC bus bars and the bottom of the breaker is connected to the load. The load conductors pass through the C.T.'s which induces a current into the circuit to trip the tripping coil in the breaker.


Why would a higher amp breaker trip before a lower amp breaker?

Need more information. It doesn't seem rationale that they are protecting the same circuit unless you are substituting one for the other for a test. A unit like an air conditioner may have multiple breakers and a higher value breaker may trip because the load it is connected to is drawing current in excess of the rating of breaker.


How many amps doe it take to trip a 20 amp breaker?

A 20 amp breaker will trip if the current exceeds 20 amps for an extended period of time. It is designed to protect the circuit from overheating and causing a fire hazard. So, it would take more than 20 amps to trip a 20 amp breaker.


Why when you plug any laptop chargers in the house all the electrics trip?

This shouldn't occur. If only one laptop charger is causing the problem, there may be a short in this charger. If you have tried multiple chargers, I suggest looking at the laptop and seeing if it is the cause."All of the electronics" on one breaker should trip if there is a short in the laptop or charger. The whole house (main breaker at the top of the electric box, usually) should not trip. If this is occurring, you may have a problem with the particular breaker to the plug you are using as well. If this is occurring, I suggest calling an electrician unless you know what you're doing.


What cause circuit breaker to trip when refrigerator plug in?

The circuit breaker may trip when the refrigerator is plugged in due to a power surge caused by the refrigerator's compressor turning on. This sudden spike in electrical demand can trip the breaker as a safety measure to protect the electrical system from damage. It could also be due to electrical overload if the circuit is already carrying a heavy load from other appliances.


Does a hot day trip a circuit breaker?

Not typically. Circuit breakers trip due to overcurrent or a short circuit, rather than external temperature changes. If a circuit breaker is consistently tripping on hot days, it may be a sign of an underlying electrical issue that needs to be addressed by a professional electrician.


Can too much current on a breaker cause it to blow up?

High current on a breaker can cause it to trip or cut off power to prevent overheating and potential fire hazards. If the current exceeds the breaker's capacity for an extended period, it may damage the internal components and cause the breaker to fail, but not "blow up" in the traditional sense.