An electrical short or a short circuit is a problem which occurs when an accidental path is created in a circuit, generating a connection where one did not exist before. Since electrical current follows the path of least resistance, it would follow this path rather than the one established in the circuit, causing an unusually high flow of current.

Classically, shorts occur when bare wires cross, as for example when the insulation in an old outlet wears away, allowing wires to touch each other. People sometimes use the term “short” to refer to any problem with an electrical system, regardless as to whether or not it is a true electrical short.

Electrical shorts are very serious problems. The high rate of current results in the generation of heat, which can cause sparks or a fire. An electrical short often generates a distinctive popping noise when the circuit is activated, as the electricity follows the new connection it has discovered and the circuit is suddenly overloaded with energy. Smoke or flames may appear, and the short can be strong enough to melt insulation on electrical wiring, or to cause damage to the circuit itself.

Never attempt to correct this situation on your own. This should only be trusted in the hands of a licensed and trained professional electrician. There is high risk of electrocution and damage to your electrical system that could result in an electrical fire.

Never ignore a tripping breaker. If it is tripping, there is a reason. If a breaker trips again, immediately after resetting, this is a good indication that there is a short in the circuit and it should be evaluated as soon as possible.

Call Richard Marton Electrical Contractor LLC immediately to resolve serious electrical issues such as short circuits and tripping breakers before they become a deadly problem.

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