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Q: If my breaker keeps tripping, why can't I install a larger breaker myself?

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Q: If my breaker keeps tripping, why can't I install a larger breaker myself?


The Dangers of Non-Licensed Electricians...

Here are the most common dangers of non-licensed individuals attempting electrical work Electrical installations are the most regulated part of any and all processes in the construction industry, & for a very good reason.. If not done correctly you can have shocks, electrocution hazards, fire, and property hazards that can ultimately result in the loss of life. The National Fire Protection Association produces the "code" or National Electrical Code, about every three years. The constant updating of this code is necessary because of the ever changing technologies, and new equipment that is constantly being manufactured. Having a non-licensed person do electrical work is not only illegal, it is incredibly dangerous. Thank about it for a moment, would you: have a legal assistant put brakes on the family car? Ask a dentist to perform a face life on you? Ask a butcher to fly a jumbo jet with you and your family on it, to save a few bucks on your vacation? No, of course not. The safety of your family and home is far more important than saving a few dollars. why would you let anyone other than a licensed electrician, do any electrical work on your home or office? It's your property, its you and your loved ones lives, get a professional.

Why Use Over Current Protection?

The purpose of over current protection devices is to simultaneously open(disconnect or turn off) all current carrying conductors, upon an over-current condition. simply stated: When the fuse blows or circuit breaker trips, it opens the flow of electricity to prevent or limit damage to the conductors in a circuit. Over current protections devices protect the integrity of the insulation of the conductor, and aid in the prevention of fires. It is not a good idea to change an over-current device yourself. There is usually a good reason the fuse blew or the breaker tripped, in other works the device is probably doing its job.

What Are The Hazards Of Overloaded Currents?

Here are some of the major hazards that occur with overloaded circuits. Overloaded circuits often cause electrical fires. Because they are constantly overloaded, the insulation on the wire id degraded. This allows the hot conductor to come in contact with combustible material such as wood, framing members, or paper backing on sheet rock and insulation. If you have a circuit that blows fuses or trips circuit breakers regularly, call now. It needs to be looked at.

Why Is It Important To Have The Right Size Wiring And Fuses?

Properly sized wiring, fuses, and circuit breakers are just as important as landing gear on a plane. Without the right size, you're out of luck. The fuse or breaker size is determined by multiple factors:

  • Conductor or Wire Size
  • Insulation type on the conductor
  • number of conductors in a cable or conduit
  • Ambient temperatures surrounding the conductor. The "load" or the amount of equipment the circuit will operate determines conductor size.

So, if you have a friend or family member who just wants to "put in a bigger breaker", please reconsider. Call a pro.



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