FAQ’s: Breakers and GFCI Outlets


Blog written by Blitz Electric Ltd. 

In order to serve you better, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions we get during the summer months when power is at a premium and your home’s circuits are carrying a heavy load.

 If I upgrade my panel and service, will that give me more power and stop the breaker from tripping?

You may get the capacity to draw more power overall if your current system is 60 amps and you upgrade to 100 amps, or even 125, 150 or 200 amps. But this will not solve a faulty breaker, especially in older homes that aren’t wired for modern electronics. Modern kitchen appliances draw a lot of power and may overload your current setup, causing a breaker to trip. Call your local electrician in Edmonton for a full assessment.

Why does my breaker trip when I plug in a portable AC unit?

In the summer, a portable AC unit can help cool a room or even the entire floor of a home. However, these units draw a lot of power. When plugged into a circuit that already supplies power to a number of other outlets and appliances, the heavy load can trip the breaker. The best fix is a new circuit from the panel to your desired locations. Although this may lead to some minor wall or ceiling repairs, the safest and surest way to reduce the load on a single circuit. Call your local electrician in Edmonton for an estimate.

Why aren’t my outdoor plugs working?

Your outdoor plus are likely on a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug for safety. These plugs are also found in kitchens and bathrooms. These special plugs sense slight variations in amperage and trip to prevent fire hazards. If an outside GFCI plug isn’t working, ensure you’ve pushed the reset button on the plug.

I don’t see a reset button on my GFCI plug. How can I reset it?

Sometimes there’s a GFCI breaker instead of a plug. If this is the case, go to your panel box and identify the correct breaker. First, ensure the breaker is in the off position, then push the reset button and turn the breaker to the on position. If this doesn’t solve the issue, call your local electrician in Edmonton for a safety assessment.

If you still have a question we haven’t answered, we’re just a phone call away. Feel free to call, text or email us anytime for more information or to request service. Our local electricians in Edmonton are here to serve you however we can.




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