Why Circuit Breakers Trip (and Fuses Blow)

A circuit breaker acts as a safety net that protects the home from an electrical overload that can cause damage to appliances and ultimately result in a fire. According to U.S. electricians, the no. 1 reason why circuit breakers trip is unawareness. Many consumers plug in appliances and they’re not aware of what circuit goes where in the home. Circuit breakers are designed to trip (fuses in your fuse box are designed to blow) and turn off power when any of the following dangerous situations occur: Let's proceed and look at each of the above situations in more detail. Read the entire article here: http://homerepair.about.com/od/electricalrepair/ss/tripping.htm