If you're routinely inconvenienced by circuit breakers that seem to trip all the time, you'll likely be thoroughly fed up with heading to the basement or wherever your breaker panel is located and flipping the problematic breaker back to restore the current. Beyond this hassle, there's a greater concern here -- the fact that your home's wiring isn't seeming to support your household's electrical usage. It's a good idea to hire an electrician to visit your home and investigate. If the house is old, some wiring upgrades might be necessary. Otherwise, possibly upgrading some outlets or adding new outlets should do the trick. In the meantime, here are some strategies you can implement to reduce this problem.
Unplug Devices You're Not Using
Even if they're not turned on, many electrical devices will draw current as long as they're plugged in. If you find that a particular circuit breaker trips more than others, take a look at how many electrical devices are plugged in around the room. Systematically moving around the room and unplugging the things that you don't consistently use can reduce the electrical draw on the circuit and result in fewer power interruptions.
Get Rid Of Your Extension Cords
While extension cords can be handy on a short-term basis, they shouldn't be a long-term solution for powering electrical devices in your home. This is especially true for extension cords with multiple outlets. A basic wall outlet is designed to power two devices, but if you're using an extension cord with multiple things plugged into it, you're drawing much more current on the outlet than it was designed to handle -- and a tripped breaker will often provide you with proof of this problem. Eliminating your long-term use of extension cords will help this problem.
Don't Run Two Devices Concurrently
Although it might be a little inconvenient to stagger your usage of electrical devices, doing so can prevent the corresponding breaker from tripping. For example, if your microwave and coffee maker are plugged into the same outlet and the circuit trips when you're using both of these devices, simply stagger their usage until your electrician (go to sites like this for further assistance) can investigate the cause of the issue.
Switch To CFL Or LED Bulbs
If there are lots of light fixtures in the room that frequently loses power because of its circuit tripping, it can be helpful to swap your incandescent bulbs for the higher-efficiency CFL or LED bulbs. These draw significantly less power, which means that the electricity demands on the circuit in question will be considerably less.Share