Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping, and There May Be More to the Issue Than the Inconvenience

Has your circuit breaker started tripping on a regular basis? If so, you likely find it inconvenient, and you may also wonder if there is something that is causing this phenomenon. Even if you only view the situation as a minor inconvenience, it is important to determine whether or not you may need to contact a professional to address your issue. In many cases, people do not need to contact electricians when their circuit breakers trip. This is because some issues can be resolved by simply not overloading the circuit. For example, if you have several things plugged in and running at the same time in one room, the breaker may trip. You may be able to remedy the situation by unplugging some of the items. 

What types of dangers could occur if there is an electrical issue causing the circuit breaker to trip?

There are a number of things that could happen. Perhaps the most significant one is that you could have a wiring issue that could be putting you at risk for an electrical fire. Continued tripping could also eventually cause damage to electronics. 

What are issues that warrant a professional assessment?

Electrical Grounding Issues

This is an electrical issue that happens when a ground wire and hot wire come into contact with each other. It can also occur if the hot wire makes contact with something else during the electrical process that causes the wiring to "ground out." If you have a grounding issue, it will likely be difficult for you to diagnose it yourself, and even if you do, you likely lack the expertise to make the needed electrical repairs. The best approach to diagnosing a potential grounding issue is to try reducing the number of electrical items you have plugged in and running at the same time in a room. Problems that are not remedied by this approach can be considered as potential grounding issues.

Signs of Burning or Overheating

Check the sockets and around electrical fixtures in the affected room. You need to look for signs of melted components on outlets and black smoke or burnt markings near outlets and fixtures. Sometimes damaged cords on electronics can be the culprit. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a potential electrical danger is detected. Check your cords for signs of melting, frayed wiring, or other cosmetic damage. You can also rely on the good old-fashioned nose test to determine if there is an overheating or burning issue. Unexplained burnt smells are what you would need to be mindful of.