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Breakers

*This Page was Updated on 4/07/2021.*

What are breakers?

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Breakers are switches that interrupt electrical flow after detecting a fault. That is to say that they protect important equipment in an electrical circuit from power spikes or short circuits that could cause irreparable harm. Rather than ruining expensive or sensitive equipment, breakers offer a method to protect those parts. They do this by breaking the circuit before the overload or short circuit can reach those sensitive pieces of equipment. Breakers are an important part of an electrical system in part because they protect the circuit and in part because they can be reset and reused. One question that we often receive is about the difference between a breaker and a fuse.

"Rather than ruining expensive or sensitive equipment, breakers offer a method to protect those parts."