By: Dusty Arlia
Published on January 30, 2012
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:23 AM
Total Updates: 7

In electrical terminology, an overload is a situation where a larger than intended electric current occurs in a conductor, leading to excessive generation of heat, and the risk of fire or damage to equipment. Possible causes for an overload include short circuits, excessive load, and incorrect design. Fuses, circuit breakers, temperature sensors and current limiters are commonly used protection mechanisms to control the risks of an overload.