Most modern houses have circuit breakers that regulate the flow of electricity into the home.It’s possible to cause a power outage in certain parts of your house when a breaker gets overload or shorts to the ground.The power will be cut off if the main breaker is tripped.If the power goes out in one part of the house, it’s a good idea to flip the tripped breaker.If the power goes out in your house, you should reset the main breaker.No one should attempt to fix your breaker panel without the help of a certified electrician.
Step 1: There is a breaker panel in your home.
You can find it in the basement or utility closet.The breaker panel is mounted on the wall and has wires going into it.The panels are often painted grey.There is a breaker panel on the opposite side of the wall that the power line runs into.
Step 2: Make sure your hands are dry.
Put your hands on your pants, shirt, or towel to make sure they are dry.The panels manage and distribute electricity.You are more likely to be shocked if you touch them with wet hands.It isn’t necessary to wear rubber gloves to keep your hands dry.If you think your hands are damp, dry them off.
Step 3: Stand on one side of the panel.
If there was a problem with the breaker panel, you should stand off to one side.Standing to the left of the panel will give you the best visibility when the lid is open.If anything were to go wrong, small precautions like this could save your life.Your body isn’t directly in front of the panel if you are aligned to the side.
Step 4: With one hand, open the breaker panel lid.
If you want to create a circuit with your body that allows current to pass through, never touch the breaker panel with two hands at the same time.Release the latch on the breaker panel lid if you reach out with your dominant hand.If you press up a little, you can pull the lid out toward yourself.The lid will swing open.
Step 5: Look for a fully or partially tripped switch.
The side that says “on” will be used to switch the breaker switches that are still functioning properly.The tripped breaker might not be all the way to the “off” side.If the switches are moved slightly toward the center, they will no longer allow electricity to flow through them.A barely flipped switch has the same effect on the flow of electricity as a completely flipped one.The switches align with one another.There may be more than one thrown.
Step 6: If you need help finding the tripped switch, refer to the breaker diagram.
The inside of the breaker panel lid is where you can find the flipped breaker switch.The electrician that installed the breaker panel should have written which switches power which rooms.Use the diagram to find the part of the house that has lost power and the switch associated with it.You will need to find the flipped switch visually if there is no diagram.
Step 7: If the breaker panel feels hot, you should call an electrician.
The panels shouldn’t feel hot to the touch.If you feel heat coming off of the panel as you look for the flipped switch, you should immediately call an electrician.You should call an electrician if the breaker panel starts making loud noises.It’s never a good idea to open a breaker panel to try to diagnose your own issues.When working on your house’s electrical system, you should always have the assistance of a certified electrician.
Step 8: All the way to the “off” side, flip the switch.
If you find the flipped switch, use one hand to turn it off.Most breaker switches won’t allow you to turn them on until they are completely shut off.If you want to flip the switch all the way to the “off” side, use the thumb and index finger of one hand.Don’t touch the panel with both hands at the same time.
Step 9: The switch should be turned all the way back to the “on” side.
When the switch is all the way off, use the same two fingers to flip it back to the “on” side.This will allow the power to flow again.The power should come back to the part of the house where it was out after you flip the switch.The power may not come back on after you flip the switch.There are multiple switches that may have been thrown.You might need to turn more than one on.
Step 10: To make sure the power is working, check it out.
The power was out in part of the house.The outlets should be working again.You may have flipped the breaker for the wrong part of the house if they are not.Go back to the breaker panel and look at any other flipped breaker switches.You will need an electrician if the power isn’t flowing to the part of the house you’re in.
Step 11: The breaker panel can be found.
The breaker panel can be found in the basement or utility closet in most houses.The panel is large and rectangular and has wires running into it.The power lines connect to the panel on the opposite side of the wall.
Step 12: Stand to the side of the panel.
There is a risk that you could be injured if the breaker panel is damaged.If something were to go wrong, you should stand to one side of the panel.Small safety precautions can mean the difference between life and death in unlikely situations.
Step 13: Make sure your hands aren’t wet.
If they are moist, wipe your hands off.It is not safe to touch a breaker panel with your hands because of the risk of shock or electrocution.It is not considered a necessary safety measure to wear work gloves.If you don’t know if your hands are dry enough, wipe them off.
Step 14: Use one hand to open the panel lid.
Reach out to the release on the panel lid with your dominant hand and slide it up to open the door.Simply swing the lid open.The panel lid will open.Don’t touch the panel with both hands at the same time.
Step 15: Every breaker should be turned off one by one.
If you want to flip the top left breaker switch all the way to the “off” side, you need to use your thumb and index finger.Keep going until you get to the “off” position.The switches should be flipped one by one.Some switches are connected to each other.It’s fine to flip them together.
Step 16: If the main breaker is not in the panel, look for it near the electric meter.
The main breaker is at the bottom of the panel.It may be located in another panel near the electric meter on the outside of your house.You can find your power meter outside if you don’t see it in the breaker panel.Find the panel it is connected to.The power meter and panel are located on the outside of the house.Don’t touch the meter.
Step 17: If necessary, open the main breaker lid with one hand.
The main breaker’s lid can be unlocked by sliding it up with one hand.You would open a small door if you pulled the lid open.Don’t touch the main breaker panel with two hands.Do not try to do this in the rain.Wait until it is dry to open the main breaker.
Step 18: The main breaker should be turned off and back on.
If the main breaker is separate from the breaker panel, it will be the only switch inside.Although you can flip the switch all the way to off, it won’t reset the main breaker and your house will still be without power.The lights will not come on even if the power comes back on.
Step 19: The breaker should be turned off one more time.
breakers need to be turned off and on again.Leave the switch on the “on” side and flip it all the way to the other side.The power is back in your house.You won’t know if this worked until you turn the individual breakers back on.If the main breaker panel is outdoors, close the lid.
Step 20: If you don’t have the main breaker, go back to the breaker panel.
You can get back into the house by going to the breaker panel.If it is too dark to see in your house, use a flashlight.Stand to one side and open the lid.Make sure your hands are dry and only touch the panel with one hand at a time.
Step 21: One switch at a time, flip it back and forth.
Work your way down from the top.The power should be restored to that part of the house when each switch is flipped.There could be an issue with the flow of electricity into the house if the power does not come back on.If power isn’t reaching your home breaker panel, you should contact your power company.Close the panel back up if the lights come back on.