Unlike fuses, which must be replaced once blown, breakers can be manually or automatically reset after each use. In modern homes, these breakers are attached to a central electrical panel, often found near the furnace or water heater.
Each breaker is assigned a specific circuit in the home, most often differentiated by room. Springs or compressed air in the breakers allow them to snap open, instantly cutting power when a fault is detected. They can then be reset for another use.
Your living room, for example, may have a single breaker that controls every outlet, while the kitchen may have two or three: one for outlets, and another for large appliances. This means that if a breaker "trips," all of its outlets will stop working until it's reset.
While any appliance can trip a breaker, some appliances are more fault-prone than others. Here are five of the most common.
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