You will find numerous reasons why a circuit breaker fails and needs replacement, from tripping often to being too old. Should you suspect that your circuit breaker is no longer working correctly, you must call a reputable electrician to get it inspected right away. It is important to identify a faulty circuit breaker to prevent damage to your appliances, electrical shocks, or fires.
Usually, worn-out breakers are hot to touch, look corroded, and emit a foul odor. Have you ever wondered why your circuit breakers fail? Knowing the common reasons will assist you in mitigating future issues. It can also help you identify if your circuit breaker needs replacement. Let’s get started.
Worn Out Due to Age or Material Composition
Take a peek at your circuit breaker to assess its condition. If the material looks worn out it could lead to the breaker’s failure. Just like any gadget in your home, breakers don’t last forever. So expect some wear and tear due to daily use. On top of that, not all breakers are made equal, so some have superior quality and others just deteriorate a lot faster. If you live in an older house, it’s a good idea to get an annual inspection to mitigate potential problems like electrical shocks and fires.
Frequent Overload of the Circuit
Sadly, an overloaded circuit can lead to failure. If you’ve got an older home with tons of modern appliances, your electrical system may not be able to handle the excess load. You can experience a moderate to heavy overload with frequent short-circuits that lead to overheating. As a result, the excess heat damages the internal parts. Eventually, this frequent overload will lead to breaker failure. When you have an increase in demand using high-powered consuming appliances, it puts your old breakers at risk. It would be prudent to get an inspection to assess if your breakers and electrical system are up to code.
Very Harsh Environmental Conditions
The ambient temperature around your circuit breaker will affect its functionality. If the temperature of the surrounding environment of the circuit breaker has high temperatures all year round, your device cannot bear it. Eventually, constant exposure to heat will lead to the failure of the breaker. Similarly, operating the breaker in harsh environmental conditions with strong winds, dust particles, or moisture will affect its longevity. A breaker cannot last with such harsh conditions.
Sudden Power Surges
Often, there may be sudden surges in power coming from your electrical provider. If this happens frequently, it will affect the breaker’s lifespan. Similarly, power surges happen when you use too many high-powered appliances at once. As a result, your breaker will trip constantly, leading to eventual failure. It is vital to ensure that your breaker can handle all the appliances and gadgets you use on a daily basis.
Unfortunate Lightning Strike
Unfortunately, lightning can damage your circuit breaker. If lightning strikes nearby in your area due to unruly weather, it will result in a circuit breaker malfunction. When inclement weather strikes such as a typhoon or blizzard, it is advisable to get an electrical inspection from a licensed electrician. You want to make sure that everything is in proper working order to avoid any potential accidents like electrocution or fires. We service many cities in Illinois. Check out our locations here: Aurora, Belleville, Chicago, DeKalb, Des Plaines, Elmhurst, Glenview, Naperville, Rockford and Springfield.