I plug my hair dryer in the bathroom and when the air conditioner is on in the bedroom the breaker trips, Why?
This type of problem, common in older homes is due to overloaded circuits. The best solution is to run new circuits to the appliances that require more current. In this example a new 20 amp circuit for the bathroom and a new circuit for the air conditioner would be a good solution.
Appliances are an integral part of every household, from a simple electric clock to the microwave oven to decorative holiday lights. These safety tips can help keep all appliances operating safely:
•Unplug unused appliances and stow cords safely out of reach of pets, young children or hazardous situations.
•Appliances that generate heat, such as clocks, televisions and computer monitors, should be given several inches of clearance all around for good air circulation and cooling. Do not drape clothes, toys or other items over warm appliances.
•Always follow appliance instructions carefully, and do not attempt amateur repairs or upgrades.
•Keep all electrical appliances away from water such as sinks, bathtubs, pools or overhead vents that may drip.
•Do not operate any electrical appliance with wet hands or while standing in water.
•Keep clothes, curtains, toys and other potentially combustible materials at least three feet away from radiators, space heaters, heating vents and other heat sources.
1. If you have been advised by some impartial 3rd party to call an electrician, do not attempt it yourself.
2. If the job requires expensive additional tools that you probably will never use again, call the electrician, even if you believe you are capable of doing the repairs.
3. If it is not visible without having to do some intrusive work first, call an electrician. This would also insure that if something should go wrong, someone else will bear the cost to get it fixed.
Before you even attempt any electrical repairs, make sure you have the proper protective gear (eyewear, footwear, etc.). It is pointless to learn how to do an electrical repair job if you are not around afterwards to enjoy it! Follow your instincts – they are right most of the time.