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Old 08-18-2015, 02:23 PM   #1
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Breaker keeps tripping


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The kitchen light switch has been making a weird noise, kind of a clicking noise when we hit it for a while now. Also on the same breaker is the bathroom and part of the basement. Previously, the breaker only tripped when we had a lot going and a hair dryer.

Anyway, now, every time we hit the kitchen light switch, it trips the breaker. If we turn on the basement or bathroom light, it's fine. We replaced the kitchen switch, it keeps happening.

It is immediately as soon as you turn on the light.
The switch is new, the light fixture is less than a year old.
No leaks anywhere as far as we know.

Is this a breaker problem, fixture problem or.... ?

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I will bet it's a short between your light switch and the fixture or perhaps in the fixture itself . The breaker is doing its job.
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Try replacing the breaker.
They go bad.
If the new breaker trips, leave it off and troubleshoot the circuit.
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+1 for the light fixture/wiring.
Bad breaker would trip on the last load added, not just kitchen light.
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What does it mean (if anything) if you take out the bulb and it still does it? Only asking because someone said if there's no bulb, electricity shouldn't be going to it and if it still trips, it's not the fixture.

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It's a dead short somewhere, the fixture is the easiest to check, but first make sure the new switch is wired correctly.
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Check the connection inside the last box you worked on before the problem started. It is very easy to accidentally create a loose connection or short that is activated by the movement of the switch.
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What kind of breaker?
Is it a gfci, or afci breaker?
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What kind of breaker?
Is it a gfci, or afci breaker?


Mods, this should be moved to the electrical forum.
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Moved to electrical---note---use the red ! report button when you see a thread in the wrong forum.
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