What’s a Circuit Breaker?

circuit breaker

Circuit breakers are one of the most important electrical safety devices in your home. They are
what distribute the flow of power to your household, and protect against power surges, power
interruptions, broken connections, and other electrical fire hazards. Whenever a building has too
much current flowing through it, the circuit breaker acts as a barrier to stop the flow and protect
against damage. Essentially they do the same thing as a fuse, except where a fuse can be only
used once, a circuit breaker can be used over and over again.

However, it is crucial that you keep your circuit breakers up to date and functioning properly.
With an old circuit breaker all of your devices like computers, smartphones, and appliances are
vulnerable to power surges and can end up costing you thousands of dollars in damage.

It is also important to note that it is normal for your breakers to trip once in a while, as they are
protecting your home against the flow of power, but they should not be tripping frequently. If you
notice that they are tripping often, you should call an electrician. If you don’t, eventually they
may stop tripping altogether, and that is when it can overheat and cause a fire.

If you need help with your repairing, or updating your circuit breaker, contact us at (210)
899-2430. Our team of qualified electricians are happy to help.