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Asked by abhishek11 | 26th Jan, 2010, 10:45: PM

Expert Answer:

A short circuit in an electrical circuit is one that allows a current to travel along a different path from the one originally intended.

 

Electrical circuit overloads happen when more amperage is put across an electrical wire or circuit than it can handle. For instance, a #14 wire can safely carry 15 amps and should be protected by a 15-amp breaker. If it happens to get connected to a 20-amp breaker instead, the breaker will allow 20 amps of current to flow through a wire that can only handle 15 amps.

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Answered by  | 26th Jan, 2010, 10:57: PM

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