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Circuit Breaker Installation

Aarti R Apr 28, 2019
Circuit breakers are used to break the circuit continuity when the voltage surges. This is done in order to protect it from damage due to overload. Read on to know the technique of installing the same.
A circuit breaker is used to protect the circuitry from accidental short circuits and overloading. It has a predefined electric load capacity. If this capacity is violated, then it breaks the continuity of the circuit. It is used for protecting electrical appliances from accidental short circuits and damage due to power surges or even lightening.
Once this machine wears out, it needs to be replaced with a new one. If you are unaware of electric wiring, it is advisable to get it installed with the help of a professional.

Installation process

Before installing this device, it is necessary to check the panel to ensure that it is not damaged or tripped. Ensuring that the device is really damaged is very important. Here are the steps to install it:

Step 1

The first thing to do is wear a pair of rubber shoes. If rubber shoes are not available, get a rubber mat to stand on during the process. Ensure that there are no water puddles near the place where you are working.

Step 2

Turn off the main switch. This is mandatory and important. The required tools for the installation process are as follows:
  • Screwdriver
  • A new circuit breaker
  • Voltmeter

Step 3

Make sure that you turn off the original machine that you want to replace. With the help of a screwdriver, take off the metal panel in which it is housed.

Step 4

Check the machine with a voltmeter. If it does not indicate any reading, it means that you need a replacement.

Step 5

With the help of the screwdriver, remove the wires and terminals of the device. While removing the wires, remember their connections. Carefully remove the old machine.

Step 6

Ensure that the switch of the new machine is turned off before installing it. Attach the wires in the same way as they were on the old one.

Step 7

After you connect the wires in the correct position, check the voltage across the new machine with a voltmeter, and replace the metal panel.

Step 8

Turn on the main switch.
The installation of a circuit breaker is to be done taking into consideration electrical safety. It is necessary to know some safety tips before you troubleshoot the old or install the new machine. If you are wearing any jewelry, remove it before you install this machine.
At times, a device gets damaged due to short circuit due to which the breaker has to be replaced. In this case, make sure you install a new one only after the damaged device is unplugged. This process needs to be done with utmost care. If you are not sure of how to do it, getting professional help is recommended.