15A breaker won't reset...

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Old 02-19-16, 07:18 PM
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15A breaker won't reset...

I have a 15A breaker that won't reset and I'm looking for advice on where to start the remediation. This breaker controls two vanity fixtures in the master bath, 3 standard wall outlets in the master bedroom, a master closet ceiling light fixture, and an additional outlet in the garage via an adjoining wall with the master bedroom. I have unplugged all items previously plugged into any of the referenced outlets. Only the hardwired items remain. When the breaker initially tripped, I was able to reset it once. Then, within minutes it tripped again. By the way, an iron was being used when the breaker tripped initially. The breaker "handle" is sitting in the middle position and has a color showing, as an indication of it tripping, but will not move to the "off" position. The breaker handle will loosely move to the "on" position; however, this does nothing to restore power.
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Old 02-19-16, 07:30 PM
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Sounds like a bad breaker. Move the wire on the breaker to another 15a breaker in the panel. If the circuit works replace the suspect breaker.
 
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Old 02-19-16, 08:06 PM
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Did you allow it a little while to cool off ?
Some breakers are thermal/magnetic and will take several minutes to cool after being tripped several times. You will have to push the breaker all the way to off and then back to on.
 
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Old 02-19-16, 08:34 PM
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will not move to the "off" position
To reset a breaker the handle must be moved FIRMLY to the full "Off" position. When it resets, you'll feel it. Then you can switch the breaker back on. Bad breakers are actually rare, but some do go bad. It sounds to me like the iron overloaded the circuit and caused the breaker to trip.
 
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Old 02-20-16, 07:17 AM
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Re: cool off...yes, the breaker was at the middle position all day, before i attempted to reset. Agree, the plugged iron may have caused overload. Tried again to reset this morning, but handle will not move to off, lots of resistance at the middle.
 
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Old 02-20-16, 07:23 AM
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Tried again to reset this morning, but handle will not move to off, lots of resistance at the middle.
In that case, replace breaker. Sounds like something is fried inside that breaker.
 
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Old 02-23-16, 06:00 PM
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Thank you for the feedback/suggestions.
I replaced my 15 amp breakers.
All were original, installed in 1985.
Everything appears to be working fine.
 
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Old 02-23-16, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for letting us know the outcome.

Breakers are fairly reliable but every once in a while one will fail.
 
 

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