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Circuit Breaker Fitness (and Safety!)

By Walter Morgynski | Oct 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Just like the people they’re designed to protect, the circuit breakers in your electrical panel need stretch their joints to stay limber too. Each circuit breaker should be exercised annually to ensure it is still functioning properly and to give it a workout of sorts, making sure it doesn’t freeze up when it needs to trip. Turning each breaker off and on annually should be part of your home’s routine safety checks just like checking smoke alarm batteries.

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My Breaker Keeps Tripping

By Dottie Robbins | Sep 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The cicuit breakers in your electrical panel are designed to protect you from an electrical fire. There are many reasons that your breaker will "trip" meaning shut itself off. It could be simple: You are using too much power on one circuit all at once. Don't try to use your hair dryer, curling iron, toaster and microwave in the same room at the same time! Solution: call a licensed, insured electrician, like Generation 3 Electric, and have an extra circuit added to a room with high power demand. Most modern kitchens have four to five circuits. Or it could be more serious: That handyman you let install some breakers did a very poor job! The photos below show poorly installed breakers and panel. There is even a screw touching the copper wire! No wonder that breaker is tripping. Solution: call Gen3 Electric and we will inspect your electrical system and offer you options to meet your electrical needs as well as your safety. Maybe your circuit breaker is failing and just needs to be replaced. 

Today's code requires arc fault breakers which are even more sensitive to shorts or power surges. They trip even more often. If your breaker is tripping, it is trying to tell you something. Listen! Call a licensed, insured electrician, like Generation 3 Electric, and schedule an appointment right away.

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What’s Lurking In Your Electrical Panel?

By Walter Morgynski | Sep 5, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Ever wonder what’s behind the scenes in your electrical panel. The truth can be scary. It should go without saying that only a licensed electrician should ever remove the cover from your electrical panel. Never try this at home yourself as there’s rick of electric shock, especially in a nightmare of a panel like this one.


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