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Tripping circuit breaker?

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

An overloaded circuit is the most common reason for a circuit breaker to trip. When too many appliances or lights are operating and the circuit attempts to carry more load than is intended, the breaker heats up and trips.

It's intended that the breaker will trip before the wires heat up to dangerous levels, risking a fire.


Identify which sockets and lights have been affected. Unplug overloaded sockets and flip the breaker to make the circuit active again. Try to share the appliances between more circuits.

This is most common in a kitchen or living room, where there are many appliances drawing power at the same time, on the same circuit.

There is every likelihood that the circuit will trip again if it continues trying to draw too much power.

Overcrowding can be resolved by adding another circuit to your switchboard and sharing the load.


Speak with one of ATL's registered electricians.

Our experienced electricians will identify the source of the issue, whether it is overcrowding, or something more serious.

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