breaker keeps tripping


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Old 01-06-03, 09:13 PM
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breaker keeps tripping

I have an 82 yr old home which was rewired in 1997. I have had no problems and nothing new has been added. But tonight one breaker has tripped 8 times. Is it just an overload, or is something else wrong?
 
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Old 01-07-03, 06:15 AM
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You might be faced with an overloaded breaker. Did you add more load in the recent past? Try diconnecting a few items and see if it does it again.

The next thing is a wire shorting out somewhere, maybe burnt off or broken. If the receptacles were wired with the backstab method then somewhere a wire may of fell out and is shorted against another. It is a common problem with that method of wiring.

The third thing is could be although not very common given the age of the breaker is a defective breaker that is just not holding.

These are the most common areas to explore first. Post back and let use know what you find or if you need more help.
 
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Old 01-07-03, 08:52 PM
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thanks, I dont think it is a bad breaker
cause it was new in 1997 Box and all. but it could be an overload. I have 6 adults in my home. 5 twenty somethings.

I will watch the load and see if it helps

thank you muchly
 
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Old 01-08-03, 06:36 AM
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By the way, after a breaker trips a second time, stop resetting it until you figure out what's wrong. You can cause permanent damage to your wiring.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 07:16 AM
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What is being used on the circuit that is tripping. List the devices for us. We can tell if it is being overloaded
 
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Old 01-08-03, 10:51 AM
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Also possible that one of the things plugged in to the circuit is faulty. More likely that the house wiring going bad.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 10:57 AM
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The exterior lights which is two spotlights and one porch light, two TVs,a few interior lights, a DVD, a VCR

In the last 24 hrs it has not tripped
 
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Old 01-08-03, 12:54 PM
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You weren't having a storm at the time were you? There is a chance of power surges, it has been know to trip breakers although usually it doesn't just pick on one breaker, check with you neighbours and see iff anyone else experienced a strange electrical problem at the same time as you.
 
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Old 01-08-03, 02:49 PM
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no there was no weather which could have affected the breaker.

I will ask my neighbor about power surges.

ty
 
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Old 01-08-03, 04:50 PM
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The devices you listed should not be overloading the circuit.
 
 

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