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How to Reset a Tripped Circuit Breaker

How to Reset a Tripped Circuit Breaker

An overloaded circuit breaker will switch off in order to protect your home’s electrical system. A tripped circuit breaker can be easily reset by following a few simple steps.

1. Locate the breaker box which will likely be in your utility room near the water heater, furnace and air conditioner. Some are located in the garage.

2. Look inside the breaker box for a circuit breaker switch that has flipped off or is somewhere in the middle between on and off. Some breakers have a red window

that shows when the breaker has tripped.

3. Push the switch to a full “off” position and then turn it completely on. You should hear a “click” of the switch when it is on and the power should be restored to the tripped circuit.

4. Once you have restored power to the specific circuit then you should be able to operate electrical devices without circuit breaker problems.

If the same circuit breaker keeps tripping after you have reset it then there may be a problem and it should be diagnosed right away. Since circuit breakers trip when they detect too much power use, try turning off some of the appliances in the area of the house that lost power and see if that helps. Consult a professional electrician for more complicated circuit breaker troubleshooting.