how to: reset electrical breaker

The electrical breaker panel in your home is a crucial component that helps protect your electrical system from overloads. If a circuit trips, it’s essential to know how to safely reset it. Follow these steps to reset a tripped electrical breaker: 



Why Reset an Electrical Breaker? 

  • Overloaded Circuit: When a circuit draws more current than it can handle, the breaker trips to prevent overheating and potential fire hazards. 
  • Power Restoration: Resetting a tripped breaker restores power to the affected circuit. 


Identifying a Tripped Breaker: 

  1. Check the Breaker Panel:  Locate your home’s breaker panel. It’s usually in a utility room, basement, or garage. 

2. Inspect the Breakers:  Look for a breaker that is in the middle or “off” position. It may be shifted slightly from the others. 


Resetting the Electrical Breaker: 

2. Turn Off Appliances:  Before resetting, turn off or unplug appliances connected to the affected circuit. 

2. Push the Breaker to the “Off” Position:  Push the tripped breaker firmly to the “off” position before resetting it.


Move the Breaker to the “On” Position: 

After a brief pause, move the breaker back to the “on” position. You should feel or hear a click. 

  1. Check for Power: 

Verify that power has been restored by turning on the appliances or checking the affected lights. 



  • Identify the Cause: If a breaker trips frequently, it may indicate an underlying issue. Identify and address the cause to prevent future incidents. 
  • Consult a Professional: If you’re unsure about the cause of frequent tripping or if the breaker won’t reset, contact our maintenance team for assistance. 


Knowing how to reset a tripped electrical breaker is a valuable skill for every resident. If you encounter persistent issues or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support. 

Stay safe!