If you turn on the vacuum and suddenly the lights go out, you likely just tripped a circuit breaker. This happens when the demand for electricity is too high and the electrical system is unable to handle the load. As a protective measure, the circuit breakers shut off power to a certain area or the entire home.
If your circuit breakers are frequently tripping, the cause may be one of the following devices or appliances.
- Hair grooming devices
Though hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons are relatively small devices, they require significant power to deliver a high amount of heat. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are typically installed in bathrooms to protect from electrical shock and fire, and can trigger a circuit breaker if they sense an unusually high amount of power being emitted. To avoid this, unplug unused devices in the area and limit the number of hair grooming devices you use simultaneously.
- Fans and portable air conditioners
When temperatures are high, homeowners may run multiple tower fans and ceiling fans at the same time to keep rooms cool. Though a single fan won’t trip circuit breakers, if you also have a computer, cellphone, TV, and speakers plugged into one room you could lose power. Limit fan usage only to occupied rooms.
- Old refrigerators
Modern refrigerators are highly efficient and designed to use moderate amounts of power. Older refrigerators, however, can draw an excessive amount of power and interfere with your ability to use other kitchen appliances. Consider replacing your refrigerator with a newer model. Otherwise, unplug unused kitchen appliances to prevent tripped circuit breakers.
- Vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaners can use a significant amount of power and easily overload the circuit, especially if you have other devices plugged in at the same time. Try testing the vacuum in different parts of the home to see if the cause is the vacuum, or a certain breaker.
If you find yourself severely limiting the number of devices and appliances you can use at the same time, you may need an upgrade to the electrical system. Reach out to Tucker Hill for recommendations and installation.