September marks the height of hurricane season in New Orleans, LA, which means power outages could become more common throughout the area. When the power goes out, it can be easy to panic, especially if you don’t own a reliable generator.  

If you’re still without power once the city’s electrical grid is back up and running,  you should try to reset your circuit breaker.

Of course, power outages are only one reason you should know how to reset your circuit breaker. You may have to know how to do this for other reasons, such as if a circuit shorts or if your air conditioner isn’t working correctly.

Since a circuit breaker involves your electrical system, we recommend calling a professional at Keefe’s in New Orleans and the surrounding areas for help. However, consider these simple steps if you want to know how to reset a circuit breaker yourself. 

1. Turn Off All Light Switches

As a first step before you reset the breaker, it’s essential to make sure all lights and appliances are off and unplugged in the room that has lost power. This will help you avoid expensive repairs caused by the power surge.

2. Locate Your Breaker Box

Next, locate the main electrical panel in your house. This panel may be in your garage or basement. 

Look for the labels written on the switches. The main electrical panel is where you will find the breaker box, or “fuse box.” The tripped breaker will be in the “off” position. Knowing which room in your house is labeled on each switch will be necessary when resetting the electricity for that particular room.

Pro Tip: Older homes may have breaker boxes with hand-written labels on the switches. There is a possibility that these labels are no longer accurate.

3. Reset the Breaker

If you’re trying to restore power to your entire home, you can try to reset the main breaker. To do this, you will need to see if the main breaker is inside the breaker panel or outside near the electric meter. 

Never touch the electric meter! But if your main breaker is located in the breaker panel, switch the breaker from the “off” position to the “on” position. After that, turn each breaker back to the “on” position individually. There is a significant chance that power will be restored.

However, if you are resetting a single tripped breaker, only reset that one breaker.

What if the Breaker Re-Trips?

A breaker has a chance of re-tripping for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Overloaded circuits (too many appliances plugged at once)
  • Damaged cords

Tripped circuit breakers can usually mean that there is something more detrimental going wrong with your system. When this happens, you should take the safe route and contact an electrician at Keefe’s.

Contact an Electrician

If your breaker continues to trip, it’s in your best interest to turn to Keefe’s and contact a licensed electrician in New Orleans to help you understand and fix the problem. Although it is helpful to know how to reset a circuit breaker, you will not be able to fix all electrical issues you may have.

Don’t hesitate to contact Keefe’s, as we are experts in residential electrical panels and inspections. It is important to have professionals with tools, experience, and safety precautions to ensure that your electrical panel is working correctly. Keefe’s offers the best service panel installations in New Orleans!