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Descriptions and Terminology
A Tripped Circuit Breaker looks like it is between the ON and OFF positions and will wiggle before resetting. Most breakers can be reset simply by flipping the switch OFF and then ON. In some cases, however, a breaker will continue to trip after it has been reset. If this happens it is best to have it looked at by a Licensed Electrician.
Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset – This is a more serious problem than a tripping circuit breaker. The circuit breaker could be heat damaged or there is an short in the electrical circuit. Contact TLC Electrical for help with a Circuit Breaker that will not reset.
Circuit Breaker – Standard circuit breakers control the amp level and provide the proper electrical power supply through a circuit to power devices and appliances. When a circuit becomes overloaded or overheated the breaker will “trip”, cutting the electricity to the problem circuit preventing damage to the wiring, devices, and appliances and preventing possible fire.
Arc Fault Breaker – Also known as arc fault circuit interrupters, are designed to detect arching in electrical outlets and electrical switches and once an arc has been detected will stop the flow of electrical current to avoid electrical shock. Arc fault breakers are often required and installed in new home construction and when upgrading your home’s electrical panel.
GFCI Circuit Breaker – The main function of a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is to trip and stop the flow of electrical current when moisture is detected in order to avoid electrical shock. GFCI outlets should be installed as receptacles in all wet locations including garages, basements, bathrooms, kitchen counter circuits, laundry rooms, and for swimming pool and spa lighting and equipment. TLC Electrical offers free GFCI Inspections with every service call. Your technicians will test your GFI’s with a dial-in milli-volt tester to determine their exact trip factor and efficiency.
Surge Protection Breaker – The Surge Breaker is designed to provide complete home surge protection for sensitive electronics and appliances from the damaging effects of surges. The Surge Breaker provides flexibility and space savings in the panel.
A Dedicated Electrical Circuit is an electrical circuit powering a single outlet, appliance, or piece of equipment. Certain appliances and equipment use more electricity therefore to ensure uninterrupted power and avoid overloading a shared circuit they should be on their own Dedicated Electrical Circuit. Dedicated Electrical Circuits prevent the overloading and overheating of a multi-use circuit.
How do I know if I need a Dedicated Circuit installed?
- An appliance or piece of equipment has a motor
- The equipment or appliance is used to heat, freeze, or cool
- Breakers trip when an appliance or piece of equipment is turned on
- Lights dim when the appliance or piece equipment is turned on
- A Dedicated Circuit is required per the manufactures instructions
Appliances that need a dedicated circuit include:
- Electric Oven
- Electric Stove Top
- Garbage Disposal
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Heating & Air Conditioning
- Water Heater
- Jacuzzi Bathtub
- Central Vacuum System
- Pool Equipment
- Water Pumps
- Shp Equipment
- Tanning Bed
- Exercise Equipment
- Medical Equipment
- Office & Data Equipment