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What Is a Short Circuit?

When something short circuits in your home, it’s common to think that there is nothing seriously wrong with your electrical system. However, a recurring short circuit poses a danger of electrical shock and fire. Learn more and contact your electrician if the issue persists.

What Is a Short Circuit?

In order to understand why a short circuit is so serious, you need to know what it is. It occurs when multiple electrical wires cross paths that aren’t supposed to touch. When they do, it allows electrical current to travel in different paths than intended. This allows a high current of electricity to flow. A common sign of this issue is when a breaker trips and causes the circuit to shut off. Power overloads can also cause this occurrence. A circuit breaker that continues to trip immediately after being reset is a strong indication that a wiring problem exists somewhere along the circuit or in one of the appliances connected to that circuit.

Call a Professional for Repair

In order for safe repair of a short circuit, certain steps are essential to take. Power to the entire house should be turned off. Then an electrician can determine the location of the issue. Damaged wires should be removed and replaced with new wires. An electrician will ensure that wires do not cross that shouldn’t cross to avoid high currents traveling through the paths.

Never attempt to fix short circuits or rewiring on your own. Not only is electrocution possible with DIY projects, but expensive damage may occur to your entire electrical system. Avoid putting yourself, your family, and your home at risk and contact an electrician in Emmitsburg. At Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, our professionals have the tools and experience needed to get the job done efficiently and properly. We can help with any repairs or rewiring, panel upgrades, surge protection, or installation with arc fault circuit breakers. Contact us today!

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