Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-18-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 8
Share |
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


The power went out in all our bathrooms and the outlet in the garage that has the "test" button. First I tried to reset the garage outlet, but it didn't do anything, so, I went to check the breaker which wasn't in the on position, but it wasn't all the way to the off either. Anyway, I tried to push the switch all the way to off and then back to the on position.... then I checked the outlets, but still no power. Is there a trick to resetting the breaker? Please help!!

princessme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 05:53 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 187
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


Is it retripping? If so you need to find out why! It may have a bad breaker also.Reset the GFI that tripped and check for any others.

Gary

Gary_602z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 07:09 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


As suggested above, if the breaker will not reset, you either have a bad breaker, or the problem that caused the breaker to trip is still there. I would suspect the latter. The GFI won't do anything because the circuit is dead. But look for signs of flashes at outlet and switch locations, unplug everything from the affected circuit and retry the breaker. If it resets, it is something that was plugged in, if not it could take a while to find. Possibly even squirrel or rodent damage.
Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 07:40 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada (s/w ON.)
Posts: 2,294
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


You need to now if the fault still exists or if you have bad breaker! An electrician would remove the breaker panel cover! Of course, after shutting off the main breaker! Then the wire that is connected to the faulty breaker, is disconnected from the breaker! The main breaker is switched back on, the faulty breaker is pressed to the off position and then turned on! If it won't stay on, it means that the breaker is defective and must be replaced! If does stay on, then a fault in the house wiring will be the problem! Previously, you were advised to unplug anything that is plugged in, on this circuit! That should have been the first thing to do! House wiring is done in a daisy chain fashion. The wires run from outlet to outlet. The circuit has to be opened at some place in the daisy chain. I usually, like to do this in the middle of the chain! Once open, power is reapplied! If the breaker holds, it means that the fault is beyond the point where the circuit was opened. If it trips again, then it will be back towards the electrical panel. If the fault is beyond the original 'opening' then the same procedure is followed in that section! One thing that can help isolate the problem, is to use your nose! Sniff around all the outlets for the smell of something that has burned! Smell can give an important clue, as to where a fault may exist!
Wildie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 12:05 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 1,202
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


This isn't by any chance a GFCI, or AFCI breaker, is it?
Does it have a yellow, or white test button?
__________________

KE2KB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 10:18 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 8
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


Thanks to all of you for your help.... (no it doesn't have the yellow button)

However... I am still having trouble trying to get the breaker to the "all the way off" position. It sorta springs back to the middle when I push it to off. It does stay in the on position, though. But, no power to those outlets.

There wasn't a spark or anything when it happened. Both my kids had blow dryers going and other stuff plugged into the bathroom outlet. (Everything shut off when they decided to plug in a phone charger on top of everything else)

Oh, and no smoke either. It was an irresponsible overload. Now, I just want to be able to reset this breaker....

Any other ideas or help would be great... Again thanks to those who have responded.
princessme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 10:27 PM   #7
Idiot Emeritus
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Fernley, Nevada (near Reno)
Posts: 1,603
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


If you push the handle toward the off position, fairly hard, and it springs back to the center position, it's a bad breaker. It will need to be replaced.

If you're handy with tools, and your panel has a main breaker in it, (or there's a main outside near the meter) and you don't mind all the power off in the house for a while, you can do this yourself. Be warned however, even with the main off, parts of the panel are still hot, and therefore need to be avoided.

If you're comfortable with it, write back; there's about a dozen or so guys around here that can guide you through it.

Rob
micromind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2009, 10:28 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 5
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


Sounds very odd that the breaker will either stay in the trip position or the on position. Normally you would need to open the breaker before being able to reclose it.

Going by what you described, it sounds to me like the breaker could be faulty. If you can place the breaker in the on position and not sustain power to the circuit I would start there.
mccabegc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2009, 07:10 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,543
Default

Breaker tripped and won"t reset


What brand breaker panel/breakers do you have?

rgsgww is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.