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How Do You Reset a Tripped Circuit Breaker?

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Resetting a tripped circuit breaker is a relatively simple process. Here are the general steps to reset a tripped circuit breaker:

Identify the Tripped Breaker:

  • Open the electrical panel door (also known as a breaker box or fuse box) in your home or building.
  • Look for the breaker that is in the “off” position. It will typically go in the opposite direction of the other switches.

Push the Breaker to the Off Position:

  • Push the tripped breaker to the “off” position. You may need to push it firmly, but avoid using excessive force.

Move the Breaker to the On Position:

  • After turning the breaker off, move it to the “on” position. Push the breaker switch firmly to the “on” side.

Check for Reset:

  • Visually confirm that the breaker has returned to the “on” position. Some breakers have a visual indication, such as a colored indicator or a flag that shows whether the breaker is in the “on” or “off” position.

Monitor for Recurring Issues:

  • If the breaker trips again immediately or shortly after being reset, there may be an underlying issue, such as an overloaded or short circuit. In such cases, consult a qualified electrician like Amps & Volts Electric to identify and address the problem.

Always prioritize safety when dealing with electrical components. To clairify on any aspect of resetting a circuit breaker or if the problem persists, it’s recommended that you seek assistance from a licensed electrician.


If your breaker trips because you tried to use a space heater and a hairdryer at the same time in your bathroom, then fixing the problem is as simple as resetting your breaker and putting less strain on your electrical system.

If you aren’t sure why your breaker has tripped or are experiencing any of the following issues, then you need to contact a licensed electrician:

  • Scorch marks on outlets or wiring
  • Old, damaged, or frayed wiring
  • Frequent tripping, particularly with no explanation or under light loads
  • The breaker box is hot to the touch
  • Breaker tripping is accompanied by a burning smell, fishy smell, or ozone smell

Amps & Volts Electric is available 24 hours a day. Call us at 219-462-FUSE (3873) to schedule an appointment, or contact us online by clicking here.


Now that you know the steps to reset a tripped circuit breaker we need to discuss if the breakers are tripping a lot. If you regularly visit your electrical panel to switch a popped breaker back on, something probably must be fixed. The most common problem is simply that the breaker has become overly sensitive and needs replacement, but you should have an Amps & Volts Electric come to rule out more serious issues.

Older breaker boxes will eventually need to be replaced, and this is not a recommended DIY project. When doing major electrical work, like electrical panel replacement, be sure to work with a licensed electrician. Amps & Volts Electric has trained and licensed electricians who can be out quickly and assist you with your project call us at 219-462-FUSE (3873) or schedule an appointment online today!