How Do I Know What Circuit Breaker I Need?

We understand that not everyone is an expert in circuit breaker technology. Maybe your current circuit breaker has broken down or you are looking to make an upgrade. Identifying which circuit breaker you need is a complicated and industry-specific process that the average person can't read a guide to understand. There are, however, a few questions that you can ask yourself to make your search easier.

1. Am I replacing, upgrading or buying new?
The first question you need to ask is why you want a new circuit breaker. The buying process is very different depending on your reason for needing a new circuit breaker. If you are building a new facility and need a brand new circuit breaker, then we can work with you to understand what your long-term needs are. If you are replacing an old circuit breaker, then we need to understand how your facility's age is going to affect your options. If you are upgrading an old circuit breaker, then we need to understand how you might need to rewire your facility. All of these questions help us narrow down your options for a circuit breaker.

2. How old is my circuit breaker?
The age of your facility and your circuit breaker are major indicators of the type of circuit breaker you need. You don't want to install a brand new top-of-the-line circuit breaker in an old facility with outdated wiring. You also don't want to install an old circuit breaker in a brand new facility. It's very important to know when your circuit breaker was installed and how old it is so that we can narrow down your options even further.

3. What does my circuit breaker need to do?
Finally, you need to know what your circuit breaker "must haves" are. For example, if you are a hospital then you need a plethora of safety measures to ensure that an electrical issue doesn't cause issues. Different types of companies and facilities require different compliances, protocols, etc. that your circuit breaker needs to meet.

If you're on the search for a circuit breaker, give us a call at (800) 521-0197 or reach out online to let us help you find the perfect circuit breaker for your facility.

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