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Dealing with a Double Tapped Breaker

Have you ever heard of a double tapped breaker? They are a common defect in circuit breakers. Fortunately, you may not need a Sykesville electrician to solve this problem. Fixing a double tapped breaker is one of the easiest electrical problems one can correct. Read on to learn more.

What Is a Double Tapped Breaker?

Double tapped breakers happen when two conductors are connected under one circuit breaker lug. It can also happen when two conductors are connected at the neutral bar under one screw. Circuit breakers are not designed to hold these two conductors together. While the circuit breakers may seem secure, the conductors could loosen thus causing arcing. This could also lead to overheating and potentially even an electrical fire.

Occasionally, a circuit breaker can be designed for two conductors. If this is the case, there will be a label saying so. If there isn’t a label but there are two conductors, there may be an issue with the electrical connection which  requires a repair by an experienced electrician.

There are three ways that double tapped breakers can be fixed. First, you can install a double circuit breaker. You can also add a circuit breaker or install a tandem breaker to the original electrical box. Of course, the safest option is to contact a licensed electrician to complete the work. Playing with electricity without proper experience could be dangerous to you and your home.

Contact Your Sykesville Electrician Today

Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling is a team of certified and licensed electricians who can fix double tapped breakers and all other electrical needs in your home. We have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for our residential electrical services. You don’t pay a dime…or even a penny until you are fully satisfied! Contact us today.

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