I Lost Power or Need to Reset a Circuit Breaker

A circuit breaker provides protection by stopping the flow of electricity if an overload or fault occurs. When an electrical fault occurs or the load on your circuit becomes too great, the breaker on that circuit trips and interrupts the flow of current to that circuit. A tripped circuit breaker is still sometimes referred to as a "blown fuse" in reference to the older technology that circuit breakers replaced.

Video on how to reset a circuit breaker


Before electricity can be restored, the circuit breaker must be reset. However, even before you do that, you must take steps to ensure that it is safe to do so. Turn off or unplug all of the devices that are plugged into the circuit. Make certain no dangerous condition exists before restoring power. A Circuit Breaker which has been tripped will either be in the middle or "OFF" position. Locate the tripped circuit breaker and reset it by pushing it all the way to the "OFF" position and then back to the "ON" position. Often when you can't cannot reset the circuit breaker, it is because it must be turned all the way to the "Off" position first.

Electricity should now be restored to the circuit. If the circuit breaker trips again before you have turned anything on or plugged anything in, please submit a maintenance request to Simple Home Management.

If there is no power in the kitchen/bathroom/outside or around one of those areas, check to make sure there is not a GFCI that is tripped.  

How to Reset a GFCI Outlet

NOTE: If you have lost power in roughly half of your unit and you've checked all the above items, then there is a chance you lost a "leg of power".  In this case, it's best to call the power company before putting in a work order.