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Old 26.09.2010, 17:56
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Replace circuit breaker

Today I plugged an adapter to one of the electricity sockets, and the circuit breaker went off. After unplugging the adapter I went to the breakers' board and I am not able to set the breaker on.

I have no idea how to change a breaker...so can I just go to a hardware store and ask for a replacement and then change it myself?
Does anyone know an english speaking electrician, and how much can he charge for changing a breaker?

Cheers.
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Old 26.09.2010, 18:04
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Today I plugged an adapter to one of the electricity sockets, and the circuit breaker went off. After unplugging the adapter I went to the breakers' board and I am not able to set the breaker on.

I have no idea how to change a breaker...so can I just go to a hardware store and ask for a replacement and then change it myself?
Does anyone know an english speaking electrician, and how much can he charge for changing a breaker?

Cheers.
Sounds like something else is tripping the breaker... Turn off the power and swap it around with another one to see if the problem still persists.
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Old 26.09.2010, 19:20
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Re: Replace circuit breaker

Do you really mean that you have a bank of little circuit breaker switches on a box, which show red when on and green when off, and the one your refer to always jumps to back 'off' when you click it 'on'?

If so, as Upthehatters sates, there is something else tripping it. These are sensitive creatures. But it sound more like a fuse you are referring to...
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Old 26.09.2010, 19:40
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Today I plugged an adapter to one of the electricity sockets, and the circuit breaker went off. After unplugging the adapter I went to the breakers' board and I am not able to set the breaker on.

I have no idea how to change a breaker...so can I just go to a hardware store and ask for a replacement and then change it myself?
Does anyone know an english speaking electrician, and how much can he charge for changing a breaker?

Cheers.
Unlikely you can change yourself, you can always try but it could well be about the last thing you do try if you are not sure what you're doing.

Don't be too tight, pay for an electrician, should cost around Sfr 120-150 plus parts.
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Old 26.09.2010, 23:30
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Unlikely you can change yourself, you can always try but it could well be about the last thing you do try if you are not sure what you're doing.

Don't be too tight, pay for an electrician, should cost around Sfr 120-150 plus parts.
"how to change" Depends on make & model, mostly they just plug in & out

Do not touch before you turn off the power at the main switch!!
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Old 26.09.2010, 23:37
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Re: Replace circuit breaker

Not sure on the roles and regs but if you don't know what you're doing then don't even try. If you're in rented property then get the owner to sort it out, otherwise call an electrician.
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Old 26.09.2010, 23:55
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Re: Replace circuit breaker

The breakers are designed to trip and be reset many times. I would suggest that something else is the cause. 95% of the time it is not the breaker.

Unplug everything from the wall on that circuit and then try and reset the breaker. If you are unsure, unplug everything from all sockets. If it still trips (unlikely), I would think that a short developing at the socket is more likely than the breaker having a fault. When cheap Chinese light bulbs blow, they sometimes fail in a way that causes this inability to reset the breaker. Typically the bulb is in a lamp plugged into a different socket but on the same circuit to the socket that triggered the fault. The bulbs seem to fail in the presence of a surge.
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"how to change" Depends on make & model, mostly they just plug in & out

Do not touch before you turn off the power at the main switch!!
Circuit breakers are usualy wired in on the electric board, fuses are plug in and oot, or screw out.
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Old 27.09.2010, 01:16
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After unplugging the adapter I went to the breakers' board and I am not able to set the breaker on.
Most likely there's nothing wrong with your breakers. Go back to your breaker box and look for one labeled "Fehlerstrom-Schutzschalter", it might look like a dial switch with a reset button next to it. You need to reset that switch before the breakers will work.
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Old 27.09.2010, 04:24
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Re: Replace circuit breaker

Did you try to reset the breaker right after it tripped? They are thermal switches and need a bit of time to return to normal. If after a couple of minutes it doesn't reset then yes you have a problem. Likely elsewhere than the breaker as others have said, but they do go bad and drift in tolerance- thankfully normally towards weaker (I'm sure that's designed into them).

I have one in my workshop that had several high amp devices on its line and it got tripped a few times before I reorganized things. Now it trips with a much weaker load than it should. But despite being comfy with 240 and 380 volt circuits and not having a monster surplus of cash I will pay a pro to change it. Well worth the peace of mind.
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Old 27.09.2010, 22:45
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Re: Replace circuit breaker

Thanks to all for the advice. I waited until today to try to reset the breaker (or fuse) and it worked...didn't know that there was a timing matter with these things.
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Today I plugged an adapter to one of the electricity sockets, and the circuit breaker went off. After unplugging the adapter I went to the breakers' board and I am not able to set the breaker on.

I have no idea how to change a breaker...so can I just go to a hardware store and ask for a replacement and then change it myself?
Does anyone know an english speaking electrician, and how much can he charge for changing a breaker?

Cheers.
I have similiar issue, but circuit breaker switch can go off/on, but circuit is dead. Looks like I'll have to replace it
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