Electrical

Electrical Questions? Ask an Electrician Online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Electrical
This answer was rated:

My circuit breaker was buzzing, so I pushed the test button.

Hello. My circuit breaker was...
Hello. My circuit breaker was buzzing, so I pushed the test button. This switched all the sockets off in my house but left all the lights on. When I flipped the breaker switch back, al the sockets came on again as normal. Is it an issue that the lights weren’t tripped?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
10/3/2017
Sam I
Sam I, Electrician
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 482
Experience: Maintenance Electrician, Electrical Contractor, Locomotive Electrician
Verified
Hello, it is likely your lights are on another circuit breaker. Did the buzzing go away after you reset it?
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
the buzzing has stopped. I just wondered if it was safe having the lights on a circuit that won’t trip when the test button is pressed. Is that normal?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
There is no other breaker board in the house.
Ok I must have misunderstood what you meant when you said "test button". I assumed you meant a yellow or blue test button on an individual vrwaker in the panel.
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
breaker
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
That’s right. There’s an individual breaker with a yellow test button on it. The manufacturer is Qline. I’m in the UK if that matters.
Usually a lighting circuit isn't on a protected ground fault circuit breaker like that. The lights would be on a different thermal breaker
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
It's perfectly safe
Sam I
Sam I, Electrician
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 482
Experience: Maintenance Electrician, Electrical Contractor, Locomotive Electrician
Verified
Sam I and 87 other Electrical Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
However if that buzzing returns I would investigate the cause of that
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Ask Sam I Your Own Question
Sam I
Sam I
Sam I, Electrician
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 482
482 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Maintenance Electrician, Electrical Contractor, Locomotive Electrician

Sam I is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Mike

Mike

Master Electrician

1,426 satisfied customers

Licensed Master Electrician - OnQ Certified Data Voice Audio Video Installer

Jason

Jason

Service Technician

3,942 satisfied customers

Over 20 years of experience in all types of installations, troubleshooting, and repairs.

Mike G.

Mike G.

Master Electrician

7,826 satisfied customers

Proven Professional 48 years Experience

Kevin

Kevin

Licensed Electrical Contractor

3,870 satisfied customers

31 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License

AssuredElectrical

AssuredElectrical

Master Electrician

3,264 satisfied customers

Contractor-42+ Years in the ElectricalTrade

electrifier

electrifier

Master Electrician

1,458 satisfied customers

Electrical contractor and electrical inspector for over 24 years with phone and networking expertise

Rich

Rich

Master Electrician

1,115 satisfied customers

Over 35 years residential, commercial, industrial wiring, install, troubleshoot, service, maintain

< Previous | Next >

Related Electrical Questions
I have a General Switch Company circuit breaker box and need
I have a General Switch Company circuit breaker box and need to replace a breaker a 15 amp. The panel shows a list of breakers with a GE TQL or TQAL as being a replacement. I can not find that breaker… read more
AssuredElectrical
AssuredElectrical
Master Electrician
High School or GED
3,264 satisfied customers
what is the NEC height requirement for an electrical panne
what is the NEC height requirement for an electrical pannel… read more
Brian
Brian
Architect
Bachelor's Degree
2,171 satisfied customers
We have electrical problem. Whenever we put up the geyser switch
We have electrical problem. Whenever we put up the geyser switch on the main distribution box, it ends up tripping the main switch. Is the problem with the geyser or the switch or the power supply to … read more
electrifier
electrifier
Master Electrician
Bachelor's Degree
1,458 satisfied customers
Our power dims but no circuit breakers trip. Is it a going
our power dims but no circuit breakers trip. Is it a going bad main breaker? … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
I'm installing a 30a gfci breaker. The circuit breaker box
I'm installing a 30a gfci breaker. The circuit breaker box is in my finished garage. I want to run 10/3 romex through my attic over to the place where I need the power. My question is, what is the best way to fish the romex out of the breaker box to the ceiling? … read more
Mike G.
Mike G.
Master Electrician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,826 satisfied customers
Do I need a dedicater circuit breaker for a ump pump. The
do I need a dedicater circuit breaker for a ump pump … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
I'm a senior citizen and I had an auxiliary circuit breaker
I'm a senior citizen and I had an auxiliary circuit breaker box added to my upstairs, so I wouldn't have to climb the stairs to go down to the basement to turn the power back on. It has worked perfect… read more
Jason
Jason
Service Technician
Associate Degree
3,942 satisfied customers
Need GOULD Circuit Breaker Panel size 14WX42H. 1983. Just
just panel should not need electrician I am electric engineer myself … read more
George Smith
George Smith
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
356 satisfied customers
I checked all circuit breakers to see if any tripped. I
Hi, I checked all circuit breakers to see if any tripped. I reset all of them and checked voltage. They are all receiving power. So I changed the 2 outlets that went out on the side of one room. Still… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
I have a problem with a circuit breaker tripping fairly
I have a problem with a circuit breaker tripping fairly regularly. I believe I have too many plugs on one circuit. How can I check to see if I have too many on one breaker. I have done a lot of wiring… read more
George Smith
George Smith
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
356 satisfied customers
My microwave flips a circuit breaker when I turn it on. It's
my microwave flips a circuit breaker when I turn it on. It's in the same location, same outlet, same everything. The outlet works with other things, like vacuum, elec light. The microwave works perfec… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
Circuit breaker blew switch. Switch is not resetting. Just
Circuit breaker blew switch. Switch is not resetting. Just kinda dangles there, with no tension to either side. How can I fix this?… read more
Sam I
Sam I
Electrician
482 satisfied customers
The circuit breaker hasn't popped but in living room non of
The circuit breaker hasn't popped but in living room non of the 4 outlets are working. Checked the 4 plugs for any signs of loose wires or spark marks. ? What's next? … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
I want to remove a double circuit breaker from electrical
i want to remove a double circuit breaker from electrical panel … read more
Sam I
Sam I
Electrician
482 satisfied customers
Can a General Electric type THQL-GCI hot tub circuit breaker
can a General Electric type THQL-GCI hot tub circuit breaker be tested with an ohm meter. … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
What is the function that makes a circuit breaker different
what is the function that makes a circuit breaker different from a switch so that it is able to break fault current … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
Was wondering which circuit breaker I should look into
Hello, was wondering which circuit breaker I should look into replacing. As it stands my Dryer flips the circuit breaker for the upstairs bedrooms. Should I look into replacing the circuit breaker for… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
Diploma
3,870 satisfied customers
My circuit breaker is tripped and will not reset. I've
My circuit breaker is tripped and will not reset. I've checked wiring to outlets looks okay. At the electrical panel there is no power to breaker itself. I check other breakers and the have power. Any… read more
Eddie
Eddie
Home Improvement Contractor and Repairs
High School or GED
1,082 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x