Circuit Breakers

Frequent flipped breakers indicate the need for updated circuit breaker services from Laughlin Electric to ensure your home's safety and electrical system efficiency.

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Protecting Your Home from Electrical Hazards Circuit Breaker Electrician

Your circuit breakers monitor the power required for each area of your home. When one area begins to draw too much power, you experience a flipped breaker and often unplug something before turning it back on.

This occasionally happens to protect you and your home from electrical hazards. If this begins to happen frequently, Laughlin Electric offers circuit breaker electrician services that are so good you laugh about it. Let us continue to protect your home with an up-to-date electrical system.

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Common Circuit Breaker Issues

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Circuit breakers are a critical part of your system that prevents overheating wires and other electrical hazards from plaguing your home.

Here are typical problems that indicate you need service:

  • Overloaded Circuits:

    An overload caused by too much power draw trips a breaker. This may happen occasionally, but if it becomes frequent, we can add more circuits to your home to separate high-energy appliances.

  • Short Circuit:

    Aging wire can often become loose or worn, causing a hot wire to touch a neutral wire and disrupt the current’s path. This causes a short, and if the appliance’s cord isn’t damaged, this is a sign the cables behind the wall need maintenance.

  • Circuit Breaker Replacement:

    Circuit breakers can last 30 to 40 years, but if your electrical panel has never been replaced and you’re constantly flipping breakers, it may be time for a replacement. It may be hot to the touch or smell like it’s burning, indicating that you need a replacement.

Laughlin Electric invests in our employees and community with expert circuit breaker services that help keeps you and your family safe from electrical emergencies. Don’t hesitate to trust our professionals if you notice these signs.

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Types of Circuit Breakers

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You may notice various circuit breakers in your electrical panel that don’t all look the same. All circuit breakers are responsible for interrupting the flow of electricity if they see a problem such as overloading or a short.

Here are the three types of breakers you may notice in your home:

  • Standard:

    These breakers can be single-pole and double-pole. Essentially, they can monitor electricity through one wire or two. Single-pole circuits are the most common and accommodate under 30 amps with 120 volts of energy. Double-pole breakers are typically used for 240 volts and under 200 amps. These are often used for washing machines, EV chargers, and other large appliances.

  • GFCI:

    This stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which trips during shorts or overloads like other circuits, and when a ground wire and hot wire connect. These breakers are most used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or outdoors where water can create a path between these wires.

  • AFCI:

    This acronym is for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter. An arc is when an electric cord becomes damaged and discharges a high enough voltage to start an electrical fire. Standard breakers only trip because of excessive heat, so AFCIs are often used instead based on updated electrical codes.

We want your home to be as safe as possible with circuit breakers that protect you. If your home is over 25 years old and hasn’t had an electrical update or maintenance, trust the professionals at Laughlin Electric for expert electrician.

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