What a breaker in the "tripped" position looks like.

What a breaker in the “tripped” position looks like.

The first thing to you need to know about a circuit breaker is that a it can trip off even though it looks like it’s in the “ON” position. The reason for this problem is a circuit breaker will at times trip off internally, that’s without the “ON/OFF” handle flipping to OFF or moving at all.

What to do when you experience loss of power and that you suspect it may be caused by a tripped breaker:

  1. Shut down any equipment that may be affected by a loss of power, like a computer.
  2. Go to your breaker box and flip the suspected breaker all the way OFF and then back ON again (if it will not turn all the way OFF, turn it ON and then OFF and then ON again – akin to “turning it off and then on again.”)
  3. If you have more than one tripped, do the same thing with each circuit breaker until you have flipped all of the circuit breakers OFF and then back ON again.
  4. Now look and see if the device that didn’t have power is back on now.
  5. If everything is working and has power, you’re done! If your power is still out, then it is time to call an electrician.
  6. If this is a continual problem, that would also be a good time to call an electrician.

Many problems can be solved by doing the above, but please call us if you need any help or feel something is dangerous!