Can You Replace a Circuit Breaker Yourself?

Circuit breakers are devices that monitor the flow of electric current. When they detect electrical faults and overloading, they automatically trip to prevent fires and other hazards.

Resetting the circuit breaker should get the power supply back to normal.

However, if it doesn’t, you have a faulty circuit breaker. Other signs or circuit breaker problems are flickering lights, burning smells, and underperforming appliances. These things can happen if your circuit breaker is old and needs replacement.

But does it also mean you can perform a DIY circuit breaker replacement to solve the problem?

Replacing a defective breaker yourself is not advisable. A licensed electrician should handle this job. Even with some electrical knowledge or experience, it is still best to let a professional inspect your circuit breaker and fix it.

Here’s what you need to know about replacing circuit breakers and how electricians can help.

Risks Involved in DIY Circuit Breaker Replacement

We know that how-to videos are all over the Internet. They make replacing a circuit breaker look easy and doable without professional assistance.

However, choosing this route can put you or your property in danger, like:

  • Electrical shock or injury. Working on a defective circuit breaker without the proper safety gear and tools can shock or injure you. In worst cases, this risk can lead to death.
  • Electrical fire. Without experience, you’ll likely replace your circuit breaker incorrectly. An improperly installed circuit breaker can overload, overheat, and eventually start a fire.
  • Electrical malfunction. Sometimes, a DIY circuit breaker replacement will not cause an immediate and severe incident. However, it may still lead to damaged appliances or unusual power outages.

Why Contact Electricians to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

Calling the experts gives you these benefits:

  • Safe installation. Electricians have the training and experience to ensure they replace circuit breakers correctly each time. They can do the job while keeping your home and family away from harm.
  • Time and cost-efficient work. DIY circuit breaker replacement is time-consuming, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. On the contrary, licensed electricians can confidently and promptly do the task. Also, they have the tools and equipment to speed up the replacement process.
  • Warranty and insurance protection. If something goes wrong after you replace your circuit breaker, you’ll likely void warranties covering your electric system. On the other hand, professional electric work often comes insured or with warranties, giving you peace of mind. Licensed electricians also work in compliance with codes and regulations implemented in your area.
  • Comprehensive problem assessment. You know you will need an electrician when aside from replacing your circuit breaker, professional electricians may spot other electrical problems you may not know. Their expertise can help prevent future problems or minor issues from worsening.
  • Circuit breaker upgrade. In some cases, circuit breaker replacement will not solve the problem. If you live in an old home, its existing electric system may not be strong enough to support higher power demands. An electrician can help you diagnose whether an upgrade is a better solution for your house.

How to Find a Qualified Electrician for the Job

Hiring a reputable electrician is the next step for a safe circuit breaker replacement. These tips can help:

  • Make a list of potential candidates for the job. Look for licenses, references, and insurance coverages that can narrow down your options. Check qualifications and years of experience as well.
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions. Send an online enquiry or use their chat box to get direct replies about your concerns.
  • Obtain multiple quotes to compare service fees. Note that factors like standard labour rates, location, and job complexity can affect the cost of circuit breaker replacement. Generally, electricians charge minimum and hourly rates based on the time needed to replace your circuit breaker. The job usually takes 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of device.

Seek Professional Help for Circuit Breaker Replacement

It is tempting to do a DIY circuit breaker replacement than hire an expert. The steps are easy to find online, and you can even watch videos to learn how to do it.

However, considering the risks, it’s best to have a licensed electrician replace your circuit breaker. With professional help, you can safely install it based on standards and regulations.

Also, the benefits of a properly installed circuit breaker far outweigh the service fee of hiring an electrician. Always remember that safety should come first, especially when dealing with electrical issues.

If your circuit breaker needs a replacement or upgrade, SBH Electrical is ready to assist.

Contact us on 0457 759 723 or email us at info@sbhelectrical.com.au. Our licensed electricians can do a safety inspection and put your circuit breaker back in tip-top shape.

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