By Cris Carl, Networx

It happens to everyone: tripped electrical breakers. Learn how to avoid this common problem. If you have ever plugged in your hairdryer, toaster oven or space heater only to be engulfed in darkness, you know what it's like when your electrical breaker trips.

Sometimes having an electrical breaker trip is a minor inconvenience, readily repaired with the flick of a switch. However, frequent breaker trips are more than an inconvenience; they are the fail-safe that lets you know you have a bigger problem.

Let's start with an average electrical panel. When a breaker -- one of the switches you see on the panel -- "trips," you will often hear a popping noise as the switch pushes itself to an "off" position.