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Technical Tips - How to remove and replace (fix) a electrical circuit breaker

Circuit Breakers do trip and shut the power down to an area. When that happens just disconnect the extra power load by turning something off or shift it to another area controlled by a different breaker. Then turn the breaker off and on. It is easy to spot the the breaker that has been tripped as the arm will be somewhere between the on and off position.

However, circuit Breakers do sometimes go bad. Often, when they go bad the arm will not move easily to the off position.

Some circuit breakers screw into the box or have clips. Others just clamp down on the electrical contacts. But how do you remove them when there is a breaker below and above and no easy way to get a good grip on the breaker?

Be sure to disconnect the power to the box before you start working on a breaker.

Remove all the obvious screws and clamps holding the breaker in the box.

If the breaker does not come out easily insert a wire into the handle and pull. They should come out fairly easily if they do not check for screws are clips that may be holding the breaker in. (see picture)

Just reverse the procedure to put the new circuit breaker back in. On the breaker I worked on there was a notch on one end that end had to be put in first and placed so a retaining piece of metal was in the notch. (Just look at the breaker and the box. It should be pretty obvious how to mount it.) If there were no clips or screws that secure the circuit breaker you will have push the new breaker in with a little force.

These instructions are provided as free advice. However, the author and e Learn Aid can not take responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in these instructions. The reader takes full responsibility for any damage that might occur as a result of following these instructions.

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