Any electricians arounds that know something about circuit breakers and them tripping for no apparent reason?
We have kitchen and garage lights that are on a single circuit. They went out without warning. I unscrewed every lightbulb on that circuit (nothing else is on that circuit except for light switches).
Every time I try to turn the circuit back on, it immediately trips or doesn't engage properly to the "on" position. What could the issue be? No new light bulbs or modifications have been made to this circuit.
My thoughts is
- one of the lights housings could be bad and shorting.
- a wire hooked up to the lighting might have come lose and be crossed
- a wire has been chewed somewhere on the circuit
- the actual circuit breaker has gone bad
I could run out to Home Depot to try and get a new breaker, but I really hate opening up the breaker box and messing around in there. I've done it a few times to install new circuits. It's just scary more than anything.
It is a bad AFCI breaker. I went down there and turned it on today and it flipped on. I tried pressing the test button and it didn't trip. Replaced the breaker with an AFCI/GFCI combination breaker and it is all working now.