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Can a short circuit cause a high electric bill?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
It’s Quick And Dirty
A “short” is a dramatic event that is usually accompanied by a load popping sound, smoke, a burnt smell in the air, sometimes a flash of light, and ending with a tripped breaker. If the breaker does not trip fast enough, it can also start a fire. A short occurs when the path of electricity in a circuit literally takes a unintended and shorter-than-usual route that offers minimal resistance to current flow, and is never a good thing.
Despite whatever damage a short circuit causes, it is a brief event that quickly destroys the faulty route the electricity took, like in the photo of a short at a receptacle shown above. A short does not last long enough to affect your electric bill.
To Learn More
See our blog post What could cause an extremely high electric bill? and What causes flickering or blinking lights in a house? for related information.
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