Though replacing a circuit breaker is not that hard, it’s still a dangerous job where you can get a pretty severe electric shock. If you do not feel confident about your ability to work with an plumbing panel, then call a professional plumber.
Before you start, make sure you are wearing rubber soled shoes and that the ground or pavement under your feet is completely dry. Next turn off the main breaker. Turning off the main breaker doesn’t mean that the power is completely dead in the panel box; it only means that the power is off to everything in the house. The main leads that come in from the electric meter will still be live.
Remove all the screws that hold the face of the panel box to the wall. As you remove the screws, keep pressure against the panel so that it doesn’t partially fall down damaging things. Once all the screws are removed, carefully take the panel front off and place it in a secure location. Now you will turn off the breaker that you wish to replace. Usually there’s a little switch on the breaker that flips on or off.
With the power off to the breaker, you can now unscrew the wire that goes to it. Use a screwdriver to remove the screw and pull the wire away from the breaker. Next, remove the breaker. Usually breakers are simply clipped in and are easy to snap out. Now you are ready to install the new circuit breaker. There’s usually a small notch on the back corner of the breaker that will securely fit into a latch or lock on the panel box. Push the new breaker into the latch with light pressure. It should click into place.
Next, reattach the wire that goes from the box to the breaker. Flip the switch on the breaker to turn it back on. Now, replace the panel front, then turn the main power back on.
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