: We have a circuit breaker in our basement. A couple of times
: has gone off in the basement but all the circuit breaker
: in the On position. I was in the basement last night and heard
: around the circuit breaker when the power went off in the
: was surprised to see that all the switches were in the On
: (My wife was using the vaccum cleaner upstairs at the time and
: thought she just overloaded the circuit.) Both times this has
: happened, we have resolved the problem by turning all the
: Off then turning them all back to On. This restores all the
: This has happend once before, in October of this year. I am
: this is not a problem that may cause a fire.
: Any ideas would be greatly appreciated,
Some breakers are like that: No idea why but they are. The
breaker stopped in an "off", not blown position most likely.
When it happens again, feel the breaker levers; if one feels
loose, or move more than the others, then it's the "off" position
I mentioned above. Flip it all the way off, then flip it back
on. It'll probably work.
Don't go pulling breakers out unless you are absolutely sure of
what you're doing, and it doesn't sound like you are. That could
be a VERY dangerous thing to do!
So if turning the one loose feeling lever breaker off and then on
doesn't help, then there may be another issue that requires
looking further into the sitution. I'm betting though that it's
just one breaker that patially tripped to the off position since
you suspect a heavy load as in the vacuum was added to the line
when it blew.
As another poster noted, it's possible a wire could be loose
inside the breaker box, but that's the exception to the rule for
professionally installed systems. It's also highly unlikely to
be blasting a hole or whatever was described in that post;
something fishy about it. And checking screws for tightness
every couple of years is real folly, even stupid, and just not
necessary, especially by the inexperienced/uneducated in
electrical. A loose wire on a breaker isn't going to "shoot out"
of the box or whatever the descrip was.
So, next time start by feeling for a loose feeling breaker lever
first. You'll almost certainly find one. If not, then thing
about getting someone to figure it out, but mark the breaker so
they'll know which one to inspect.