Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Archive for February, 2020

The Lights Went Out, But the Circuit Breaker Didn’t Trip—What’s Up?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

incandescent-lightsIn a recent post, we addressed problems with tripping circuit breakers and what to do if your electrical panel has continually tripping breakers. Today’s post goes to an opposite problem—circuit breakers that don’t trip.

“Wait, how is that a problem?” you ask. It’s a problem if you have a sudden loss of power in the house—such as the lights going out—and the circuit breaker for those appliances and outlets hasn’t tripped. The most common solution for losing the lights is a tripped breaker, and in most cases resetting the breaker is all you need to do. (And if they keep tripping, see the post linked above.)

We’re going to look at what might cause your lights to go out (or start to flicker) that isn’t a tripped circuit breaker or a single burnt-out light bulb.

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