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Old 12-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Breaker switch to my bathroom will not reset. After about 4th attempt to reset, it made a buzzing sound (electricity) and saw a quick spark. I am assuming the switch needs to be replaced, but I can not find a main breaker switch on the panel. My question is, Is it safe to change the switch without turning off the main breaker switch or should I call an electrician? I tried to search for an answer here before I posted.

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Old 12-28-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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You need to determine why the breaker is tripping. Unplug everything on that circuit and see if the breaker resets. Has any work been done on this circuit? Has anyone hung a picture on the wall that may have damaged the cable?

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Old 12-28-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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Is it safe to change the switch without turning off the main breaker switch?
Hi and welcome to the forum.
No, it is certainly NOT safe! Is there a box outside on a pole perhaps?
shut the power OFF before doing any work on the panel.

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Breaker switch to my bathroom will not reset. After about 4th attempt to reset, it made a buzzing sound (electricity) and saw a quick spark. I am assuming the switch needs to be replaced, but I can not find a main breaker switch on the panel. My question is, Is it safe to change the switch without turning off the main breaker switch or should I call an electrician? I tried to search for an answer here before I posted.
There may be another panel or disconnect switch which contains the main disconnect - separate from the breaker panel you are looking at.
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Nothing is plugged in. There are only a light and a fan which comes on together. It in an office building setting, so I may have to get an access to the electrical room. I think I should just call an electrician.
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Office buildings are not a place for DIY. You must call an electrician for this.

Sounds like there is a short on the circuit somewhere.
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Nothing is plugged in. There are only a light and a fan which comes on together. It in an office building setting, so I may have to get an access to the electrical room. I think I should just call an electrician.
The landlord is responsible for this, an electrician needs to be called in to work on the issue in an office building

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