A circuit breaker trips or shuts off the electrical flow to protect the circuit from overheating and causing damage–even possibly an electrical fire. Before you flip the switch on again, it is important to determine the cause for the breaker tripping. The three typical causes are: overloaded circuit, short circuit, or ground fault. If you are unable to determine the reason for the breaker tripping it’s time to consult an electrician.

First check the circuit breaker. If no breakers are tripped and the outage is confined to one outlet, the outlet may have burned out. If the outlet shows any signs of blackening around the outlet plugs, do not use it. Even if one plug is working, you should replace the entire outlet to avoid the possibility of starting an electrical fire.

This is a sign of a poor connection, one that may lead to a broken connection. First check that the light bulb is secure, if this is not the problem then it’s time to have an electrician troubleshoot this problem and correct it.

Absolutely! An amateur electrical job may cause poor wire connections, overloaded circuits and faulty grounding, which could be hazardous to the safety of your home and your loved ones. Licensed electricians must undergo extensive training and keep up to date with the latest electrical codes. Circuit breaker upgrades, adding outlets or GFCI receptacles, adding security lighting and other projects should be done by a professional.