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  • Writer's pictureBill Labus

Why is my circuit breaker hot!

A hot circuit breaker can be a sign of an electrical problem and should be addressed promptly for safety reasons. Here are some common reasons why a circuit breaker may become hot:

  1. Overloading: When too many electrical devices are connected to a circuit, it can cause the circuit breaker to become hot. This is because the circuit breaker is designed to protect the circuit from overloading and excessive current.

  2. Short Circuit: A short circuit occurs when there is a direct connection between the live wire and the neutral wire, causing an excessive amount of current to flow through the circuit. This can cause the circuit breaker to become hot and trip.

  3. Loose Connections: Loose electrical connections can cause heat buildup, which can make the circuit breaker hot. This can occur in the circuit breaker itself or in any other component connected to the circuit.

  4. Aging Equipment: Over time, circuit breakers can become worn out and lose their ability to protect the circuit effectively. This can cause the circuit breaker to become hot and trip frequently.

  5. Electrical Arcing: Electrical arcing occurs when there is a spark or discharge between two conductors, causing a high-temperature buildup. This can cause the circuit breaker to become hot and trip.

If you are experiencing a hot circuit breaker, it is important to turn off the circuit and seek professional help to diagnose and repair the issue. Ignoring a hot circuit breaker can lead to more serious problems and potentially dangerous electrical situations.

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