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Ceiling fan quit working no power at switch circuit breaker not tripped?

I have seen cases where an open breaker is the cause of such problems. It appears to be on, but is open internally. Check the voltage with a meter or temporarily piggy-back the fan circuit on another breaker. If it isn't the breaker it is a connection somewhere in the circuit leading to the fan switch. If the power is coming from a GFCI outlet, check that. Otherwise, you start at the breaker measuring voltage and then try and find other spots in the circuit before the fan switch and check voltages there. You can also go a bit high tech and buy a signal tracer for about $30 and check out the circuit wiring. Then there is always an electrician who will likely find the problem quickly.


What happens if you overload a plug socket?

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.


What cause circuit breaker to trip when refrigerator plug in?

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.


What may cause breaker instantaneously trip?

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


Can a gfci breaker be used with a gfci outlet?

Yes but it's redundant and may cause unnecessary "tripping" of the circuit. The GFCI circuit breaker is intended to protect an entire receptacle circuit whereas a GFCI receptacle is designed to protect only that receptacle and any which are provided power from its load side. (downstream)

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What is the use of the circuit breaker?

A circuit breaker is used to ensure that the circuit doesn't get overloaded with too much wattage or voltage, which can cause a fire.


Is low voltage responsible for triping circuit breaker?

It can be, as a low voltage can cause loads, such as motors, to draw more load current than normal from the supply, and this current could then be seen as an overload current by the circuit breaker, causing it to trip.


What would cause three outlets to be low voltage and all the others in the room to be fine?

its an overload on the circuit breaker the 3 outlets are on.. many times groups of outlets are on different circuit breakers.. even though they are in the same room... especially if some are on a gfi outlet


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.


Ceiling fan quit working no power at switch circuit breaker not tripped?

I have seen cases where an open breaker is the cause of such problems. It appears to be on, but is open internally. Check the voltage with a meter or temporarily piggy-back the fan circuit on another breaker. If it isn't the breaker it is a connection somewhere in the circuit leading to the fan switch. If the power is coming from a GFCI outlet, check that. Otherwise, you start at the breaker measuring voltage and then try and find other spots in the circuit before the fan switch and check voltages there. You can also go a bit high tech and buy a signal tracer for about $30 and check out the circuit wiring. Then there is always an electrician who will likely find the problem quickly.


What happens if you overload a plug socket?

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.


What cause circuit breaker to trip when refrigerator plug in?

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.


What might cause low voltage at one outlet on a multioutlet circuit?

I traced the wire from the fan to the junction box and the connection was loose.


What would cause a circuit breaker heating element to trip off?

There are two conditions that would cause a breaker to trip off. One is an overload of the circuit and the other is a short circuit on the circuit. The heating element within the breaker is what monitors for circuit overloads.


What would cause a short periodic low hum to come from a circuit breaker?

A bad circuit breaker. Replace it.


What may cause breaker instantaneously trip?

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


Can a gfci breaker be used with a gfci outlet?

Yes but it's redundant and may cause unnecessary "tripping" of the circuit. The GFCI circuit breaker is intended to protect an entire receptacle circuit whereas a GFCI receptacle is designed to protect only that receptacle and any which are provided power from its load side. (downstream)

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