How to fix a tripped Breaker

How to fix a tripped Breaker

From time to time, The Hawkins Wire blog features quick answers to questions our technicians and staff often hear while on the job.

Today’s question: What should I do when a breaker is tripped, for example, by using the vacuum cleaner?

Answer: You probably know the basic answer — go to your electrical panel and “untrip” the breaker — pushing it from “off” to “on.”

But here’s an important note: Make sure the breaker is pushed all the way in the “off” position before trying to turn it back on. Otherwise, it will not stay in the “on” position. That may make it seem like you need a new breaker, but most of the time that is not necessary.

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