7 Early Warning Signs of Tripping Electrical Breakers

Are you experiencing frequent tripping electrical breakers in your home or business? If so, it may be a sign that the electrical load is too high on the circuit breaker.

If each time you reset it the breaker keeps tripping, immediately stop trying to reset the breaker. Resetting electrical breakers that continually trip may cause a fire.

Your best defence against tripping electrical breakers is to leave them turned off. Then, call an electrician as soon as possible to investigate the sources of the problem. Your electrician will be able to assess whether you need the circuit breaker replaced or if you might need an electrical panel upgrade.

If the circumstances escalate to the point where the tripping electrical breaker causes a fire, leave the premises immediately and call 911 for the fire department. Do NOT attempt to douse any electrical flames with water! Water can aggravate the situation and actually cause an electrical fire to spread.

Below, our Abbotsford electricians at Premium Electric discuss seven early warning signs to watch out for whenever you experience a tripping electrical breaker problem.

1. Lights That Constantly Flicker

Flicking lights may be the result of poor electrical ground or an overloaded circuit breaker.

2. Outlets and Faceplates Are Warm to the Touch

Warm outlets can indicate that there is an issue with power being supplied to the circuit, causing the outlet to overheat and feel warm to the touch.

3. Extension Cords with Loose or Damaged Ends

Aside from causing a tripping electrical breaker, a damaged extension cord could also cause sparks and possibly start a fire.

4. Electrical Outlets that Move When You Plug in a Device

The outlet could be damaged or broken and should not be used as it may cause sparks that could lead to a fire.

5. Slowly Wobbling Ceiling Fans

Sometimes, if there is insufficient power to the ceiling fan, it can cause the fan to wobble. Please give us a call at 1-604-308-6195 if you are not sure how to properly install your ceiling fan. Our Abbotsford electricians do offer ceiling fan installations as part of our electrical services. We’re quick and affordable!

6. GFCI Outlets That Repeatedly Trip

A tripping GFCI outlet could indicate possible damage or perhaps the outlet is on a circuit that is being overloaded. Learn more about GFCI outlets and how these can promote electrical safety for kids.

7. Older Fridges That Shock When Touched

This is likely caused by poor grounding in the appliance, or in the electrical circuit. Hire a qualified electrician immediately to assess and fix the problem.

About Premium Electric

Premium Electric services clients throughout the Fraser Valley, offering commercial and residential electrical services to the communities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Aldergrove, Langley, and Maple Ridge. We are locally owned and operated.

Please send us an email or call Abbotsford’s Premium Electric today at 1-604-308-6195 if you are experiencing a tripping electrical breaker or if you are experiencing any of the early warning signs outlined above,

One of our certified local electricians will investigate to address the problem, and if necessary, they can offer you circuit breaker replacement at the time of the visit.

You might also like our Premium Electric blog entitled, 5 Things You Need to Do In an Electrical Emergency.


You can read more in the BC Safety Authority Guide on Electrical Safety for Homeowners.

Share this page

Similar Posts