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DIY. Breaker won't turn back on. How to reset a tripped breaker

I can't turn-on a circuit breaker, it is stuck in the middle or off position and won't reset

If it does not stay in ON position and its handle is loose easily wiggling towards one side or the other, it's a mechanically defective automatic switch that should be replaced

If it sharply and immediately trips every time with a relatively loud click or if you see some sparks (turn the lights off around the panel), then there is a short

If the handle stuck in off or middle position, it could be one of the above causes

Less likely problem is a poor contact at the breaker and/or burning. Sometimes you can smell it at the panel or hear arcing

Overload is another possibility if it takes seconds, minutes or hours to cut off the power. In many cases a homeowner could reduce the total load and organize him/herself not to use all lights, devices, and small appliances at the same time

Matters affecting the panel and/or entire circuits aren't to be messed around with or delayed

Do not risk your property and life. Turn it off and call:

(647) 932 5666
please call from 7 am to 7 pm
Weekdays, weekends & evenings

NO calls after 7 pm please


How much is to fix a similar defect?

How much does an electrician call usually cost?

What is the cost to eliminate such problem in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, or Brampton?

We charge a $160 service call fee, which includes sixty minutes or less of work for very short jobs + $60/hr after the first hour. Many conditions apply

Experience matters. That is why we fix over 80% of panel faults within sixty minutes. Moreover, 60% of small issues are eliminated in just 20 minutes or even faster.

$160 is the least amount you will pay. But it could be more or much more. If the wire got burned or broken inside the wall, a screw hit cable 20 years ago and finally shorted it today, or rodent chewed on its insulation.

In some houses we saw the outer insulation of 30% to 40% of all wiring chewed off! It could not be replaced in one hour or one day.

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