I would like to call electricians but it is now 8:57 sunday night
Help! Circuit breaker not coming back to on or off
Before today I knew nothing about circuit breakers (I thought they were called fuses btw) but last night some of my appliances stopped working on in the same area. I understood it was blown fuses. So I moved thse appliances to another area. Same story this afternoon, another area of my apartment is without power. Then I started worrying and checked the fuses box (they are circuit breakers actually). I learned since then that they go to off automatically if they are overloaded.
Anyway, I started pushing them off and on and finally one of the area without power got it back after that...I thought miracle in front of my eyes
and didn't care how it happens after all I am not an electrician.
But then, I made things worst when I started reading on circuit breakers on the net and read somewhere that we had to test circuit breakers every year and push them off and on use the test botton etc. I tried that and guess my miracle is gone now
I am back to where I was before with only 1/3 of the power outlets working
how did I do that don't ask me.
All I know now for sure is there was one big trouble before and now there is another bigger one.
Before I played with the breakers, only one of them wouldn't go back to on and whenever I tried I heard the alarm sound and started worrying was I going to burn the place
but now since then, I can't bring the main one the one with the yellow test botton on back on. It stays at the middle.
To make things worst I was using an electric heater (so not only it is mostly dark but also cold here. Maybe that's where the problem is from. The heater needs a 1500 W and I have no idea what my power supply is giving me as I couldn't understand a thing on the breakers no matter how I looked. All I know is that they are cutler hammer and I hate electric problems.
Oh just checked and the miracle is back. I put off the one with the yellow test botton on and it works but not the one making noise.
Could you please tell me if the alarm is telling me of a danger within the power outlet/power supply or is it a smoke detector issue?
Since I had the problem, tried one of the electric heater I use not the 1500 W but another one (800 W) it is a ceramic heater and I smelled smoke and I coughed. I thought it was the normal smell it used to have (and was thinking it was dust burning) but I have a feeling it was different today some weird smell. I am putting that heater in the garbage.
thanks for your time.