Why Your Appliance Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker


Many electrical appliance repairs are conducted without the use of any spare parts. This means that homeowners can perform such repairs. This article discusses some of the simple fixes that you can implement in case your domestic appliance keeps tripping the circuit breaker.

Plug Defects

The appliance may keep tripping the circuit breaker in case a defect, such as a loose connection, is affecting the performance of the appliance's plug. This problem can deteriorate in case it is not resolved quickly because the loose connection can cause the plug to overheat and sustain irreparable damage. Solve this problem by unplugging the appliance and then using a screwdriver to tighten all the connections inside the plug. Your appliance will work without tripping the breaker.

Overloaded Appliances

It is also possible for your appliance, such as a dishwasher, to trip the circuit breaker if you have overloaded it. This can lead to overheating, which will trigger the circuit breaker to cut the power supply. Reduce the load that you have placed upon the appliance so that it works within its design specifications.

Overloaded Circuits

The frequent tripping of the circuit breaker could also be due to factors outside the appliance itself. For example, you may switch on your coffee maker and the circuit breaker trips due to the excessive amount of current that is being drawn by all the appliances connected to that particular circuit. The coffee maker isn't defective in such a situation. It is simply drawing more power than the circuit can handle at that moment. One remedy for this problem is to disconnect some of the other appliances, such as your oven, so that you can use the coffee maker. The other solution is technical and requires the creation of a separate circuit for some of the appliances that were causing the circuit overload.


The breaker can also keep tripping if the appliance has overheated due to one or a combination of factors, such as poor ventilation and prolonged use. Turn off the appliance for a while, such as ten minutes, so that it can cool before you resume using it. Ensure that ample clearance is available around the appliance in accordance with the recommendation of the manufacturer. Check the filters and vents for any blockages/obstructions. Fixing these issues will allow the appliance to work without overheating.

Call an appliance repair professional for help in case the measures above are not effective in fixing the problem. The expert will inspect the appliance and repair any defective component causing the breaker to trip.


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