Andre's Electric of White Bear Lake MN

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Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are designed to turn off power when a potentially dangerous situation occurs, such as an overloaded circuit, a short circuit, a loose connection, or a ground fault.

Circuit Breakers - St Paul MN Electrician

When a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows, you go to your electrical service panel and reset the breaker or change the fuse. If it happens again, it is important for your safety to identify the problem.

Overloaded Circuit

When you have more electrical devices connected to a circuit that was not intended to take that amount of electrical current, the circuit breaker is designed to trip.

For example, when a circuit that is designed for 15 Amps of current is being used for devices that require a total of 20 Amps, the circuit breaker will trip to prevent overheating and a possible fire. Disconnecting some devices will solve the problem; however, if you need to use more devices than a circuit is designed to take, a circuit upgrade is required.

Be aware that each outlet is not necessarily on its own circuit. You may experience a tripped breaker due to several outlets being connected to the same circuit.

Short Circuit

A short circuit is a more serious issue. When a hot wire touches another hot wire, or a neutral wire, a short circuit occurs. A break in a wire also causes a short circuit.

Shorts are difficult to diagnose, because they are often within the walls or ceilings. Inspect your power cords for damage or melting. Discontinue using any devices that are showing damage, cracking or compromise of the insulation.

Check your outlets and plugs for the smell of burning and for discoloration. If you smell burning or feel heat, this could be a possible fire inside the wall or ceiling and the fire department should be called immediately. If there is no obvious reason for the breaker tripping, call an electrician. The electrician has the proper knowledge and equipment to identify a short circuit.

Loose Connection

A wire connected to the breaker may have become loose and will need to be tightened.

Ground Fault

When a hot wire touches a ground wire, or the side of a metal outlet box, a type of short circuit called a ground fault occurs. Your electrician can identify and repair this problem.

Call Andre's Electric to schedule a service call.

St Paul Electrican on Bath Crashers

Andre's Electric was invited to participate in an Arts and Crafts theme bathroom remodel. Our Bath Crashers episode aired on August 1, 2011.

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Electrical Services

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Customer Testimonials

"Andre, you have been doing my electric work for replacement HVAC for over 20 years. You are one of the critical sub-contractors that has made my business a success. Your knowledge of controls is better than any other electrician I have encountered. You have always been available on a timely basis. The attention you give my projects is greatly appreciated. Andre, you're the greatest!"

Kirk, Wenzel Heating & Air Conditioning
Eagan, MN

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