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Old 08-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hi all. I have a tripped circuit on my electrical panel. It's just stuck in the off position and when I try to push it back over to on, it doesn't stay. It just goes back to off. How can I fix this? Thanks.

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Many breakers need to be turned fully off and then on.

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What does that circuit control?
If shutting it all the way off and back on does not work you may have a dead short.
DO not keep trying it, find what what shorted.
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Bad breaker would be my first guess. Pull the breaker out of the panel, with the wire disconnected from it, and see if you can cycle it from off to on. If it doesn't, then it is shot and you need to replace the breaker.

Nothing more simple. If it is a dead short, it would allow you to cycle the breaker, but as soon as you go to on position, it would go back off, or throw sparks when you attempt to go to on.
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This may sound silly, but are you sure you turned it all the way off? Some breakers have to be pushed firmly in the other direction (called "extreme off") before they will reset. What brand of breakers are these?

Otherwise you have a dead short somewhere that needs to be replaced, or a faulty breaker.
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Thanks for the replies guys, but it looks like the wiring for that entire circuit is bad. My electrician is going to rebuild it next week. Ugh...

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Thanks for the replies guys, but it looks like the wiring for that entire circuit is bad. My electrician is going to rebuild it next week. Ugh...

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What do you mean by the wiring on the circuit is bad? Did you have a really bad short, that it burnt up the wiring, or critters in the house, that chewed apart the line in various places?
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No the majority of the circuit is constructed from knob and tube because my house is so old. Some of the insulation has worn off the wiring and it's kind of a mish mash of knob and tube and romex. That's all.

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