A circuit breaker is a component of the modern consumer unit that can protect against electrical fires, electric shocks and overloads to the circuits. If you have an old build home, there is a high chance that you may not have any circuit breakers present in your consumer unit, if this is the case, it is a good idea to get them installed for your own safety. If you have a circuit breaker malfunction, we are more than happy to perform the necessary repairs.
If you have a high number of electrical devices, each using a high number of amps on the same circuit, then an electrical fire could occur as the plug becomes overloaded and blows up or potentially becomes too hot and melts away. Because of the increased need for extension plugs required in a property as electrical device use increases there is a need for measures to be put in place to protect the circuits from overloading and prevent over current; this is where a circuit breaker comes in.
Usually, there is a circuit breaker assigned to each room of a building or property, therefore, if the circuits overload in one room, then the circuit breaker will trip and cut off electricity to the single room only, instead of the entire building.
A circuit breaker protects against over current which is a fault within the circuit itself and can even trip if a cable within the circuit becomes loose or faulty.
If you ever experience a circuit breaker trip, then it is simple issue to address; by viewing your consumer unit you can assess which breaker has been tripped, from here it is a process of elimination to discover what caused the trip to occur, for example, a light bulb may have blown.
You should turn off all your electrical devices before switching the circuit breaker, if everything works fine then it was most likely an overload. If the circuit breaker trips again, trips often, is discoloured or has a burning smell, then it is probably time to call an electrician to fix the underlying cause.
Lola Electrical engineers will get to the bottom of why your circuit breaker is tripping and we will repair the damage before a serious fault were to occur.
If you have any kind of electrical fire or other serious electrical issue, then it’s likely you have no circuit breakers in place, or they are faulty. If this is the case, then they need to be repaired or installed immediately by a qualified electrician. Failure to do so can result in a loss of belongings, damage to the property or worse, a serious accident.