Circuit breakers last a very long time so you ought to check other options before deciding that the issue is a defective breaker. The breaker might have to be replaced if it faults easily, does not trip when it should, cannot be reset, is hot to the touch, or looks or smells burnt. Call a professional electrical contractor if you can’t figure out the underlying problem or don’t feel seasoned or well-informed enough to do the repair on your own. Dealing with electrical power can be complicated, and it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
If there’s an overload or other electrical faults, circuit breakers secure the electrical circuits in your residence by stopping the circulation of electrical power.
When changing a circuit breaker, you will certainly require:
- New circuit breaker (very same brand name, make, version as well as the dimension as the one you’re eliminating).
- Rubber floor covering or plywood to stand on (this protects you from electric shock).
- Protected flashlight or independent light source.
- Insulated screwdriver.
Protected wire strippers.
- Cable connectors to link the breaker to the main panel.
- Voltage tester.
Below is the best way to change your circuit breaker:
1. Turn off the branch circuit breakers one at a time.
2. Shut off the main breaker.
3. Check all the wires with a voltage tester making sure they’re dead prior to proceeding.
4. Eliminate the panel cover.
5. Separate the cable of the breaker you’re removing from the load terminal.
6. Very carefully take out the old breaker, paying close attention to exactly how it’s placed.
7. Insert the new breaker and press it into place.
8. Attach the circuit’s cable to the load terminal. Strip a little insulation off the cables, if required.
9. Examine the panel for other troubles. Tighten any loosened terminals.
10. Replace the panel cover.
11. Switch on the major breaker.
12. Switch on the branch breakers one by one.
13. Check the breakers with a voltage tester to make certain every little thing is in order.
If you still have a trouble after changing the circuit, check all the electric appliances in your house to see if something among them is causing the concern. If all else checks out, call a licensed electrical contractor.