In this blog, Kevin from Stack Electric, will attempt to help you understand the common reasons a single breaker can heat up and how this issue can be dealt with.
Have you ever touched your circuit breaker and found it unusually hot? Let’s explore why this happens. A circuit breaker getting warm is normal when it’s under load, but if it’s hot to the touch, this could be a sign of a potentially serious issue. It’s important to understand why this happens and how to address it.
Overloaded circuits are the most common reasons for the breaker itself to start getting hot. If too many appliances or high-load devices are connected to one circuit, it can cause the breaker to overheat. Over time, connections in your electrical panel can become loose, leading to poor contact and resulting heat build-up. This is a common issue with aluminum wiring.
Sometimes the breaker itself might be defective or worn out, causing it to heat up more than normal. A short circuit, where electrical flow takes an unintended path, can also cause excessive heat. A hot breaker can be a fire hazard or indicate underlying issues that might compromise the safety of your home’s electrical system.
Reduce load on the circuit try unplugging some devices and see if the breaker cools down.
Have Stack Electric over to check connections and inspect your electrical panel for any loose connections or signs of damage. This should be done by a professional electrician we have tools like Flir infrared cameras to spot hot spots that are not visible to the human eye, also this type of work you really want to have done by the professionals at Stack Electric, for safety reasons.
If the breaker is old or faulty, replacing it is a necessary step. Electrical issues can be complex and dangerous. If in doubt, it’s always best to consult with a professional electrician call Stack Electric today 780-646-3051 Serving Hamilton and all surrounding areas.
Regular electrical inspections can prevent such issues. Be mindful of the load you’re placing on each circuit. A hot circuit breaker in your home should not be ignored. It’s a sign that something may be wrong with your electrical system. Stack Electric is here to help you diagnose and fix these issues, ensuring your home’s safety and peace of mind.
Stack electric is a family owned and operated electrical contractor based in Hamilton, Ontario we service all communities around Hamilton.
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