How do you fix a tripped breaker that won’t reset?
Unplug all appliances that are plugged into outlets on that circuit and turn off all the lights, then try the breaker again. If it stays on, plug the appliances back in one by one until it trips again, and service or discard the appliance that makes it trip. Check each appliance for overheating when you unplug it.
What causes a breaker to trip and not reset?
If the circuit breaker won’t reset, and trips instantly, then you probably have a short in the circuit. A short is caused when the hot wire (black wire) touches another hot wire or touches a neutral wire (white wire). It can also occur if there is a break in a wire in the circuit.
Is it safe to reset a tripped breaker?
In general, the answer is you should NOT reset a circuit breaker, unless you know the cause and that cause does not pose a hazard. Circuit breakers are there to protect you, your family, and your home. If a circuit breaker trips, it means there is more current flowing through that circuit breaker than its trip current.
What happens when a circuit breaker won’t reset?
If the circuit breaker won’t reset and trips immediately, the problem might be a short circuit. A short circuit can cause broken appliances, overheating, or even be a fire hazard. If you suspect a short circuit is the reason your circuit breaker keeps tripping, leave the breaker off and call a licensed electrician.