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What is a mechanical breaker used for?

A mechanical (or “miniature”) circuit breaker is like a resettable fuse. It protects a circuit from currents that are too high. It works by winding the live wire around a piece of iron.

What is an instantaneous circuit breaker?

The instantaneous breakers, also known as magnetic-only circuit breakers. They look like thermal-magnetic circuit breakers. They don’t have a thermal trip function and will not protect from an overcurrent, not even for themselves. They react only to instantaneous currents such as short circuits.

What is the function breaker?

A circuit breaker is an electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overcurrent/overload or short circuit. Its basic function is to interrupt current flow after protective relays detect a fault.

What is 16a MCB used for?

16amp MCB’s are generally used on dedicated Freezer Circuits, and Immersion heaters circuits in the home.

Why is MCB used?

Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs) are electromechanical devices which are used to protect an electrical circuit from an overcurrent. The lead reasons for an overcurrent could be a short circuit or overload. Unlike a Fuse, MCB does not have to be replaced every time after a fault occurs and it can be reused.

How does an instantaneous trip circuit breaker work?

Instantaneous trip circuit breakers respond to immediate (almost instantaneous) values of current from a short circuit, ground fault, or locked rotor current. This type will never trip from a slow heat buildup due to motor windings overheating.

Are all circuit breakers Inverse time?

All Schneider Electric/Square D/Merlin Gerin Circuit Breakers and Supplementary Protectors are inverse time trip (excludes Molded Case Switches and Motor Circuit Protectors).

Do circuit breakers stop fires?

Circuit breakers are essential devices designed to prevent electrical fires and shocks in your home. They provide more safety than fuses when installed with modern electrical systems. Circuit breakers today are engineered to help keep you and your property safe from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable.