With the critical role of circuit breakers, it is very important to periodically verify that they are performing as designed and intended. Numerous electrical circuits can potentially be compromised if a circuit breaker fails to trip when fault conditions occur. As with any new product, we expect it to work properly right straight out of the box. The unfortunate truth is that this isn't always the case. The same is true about circuit breakers.
This is why their proper operation should be verified as an acceptance test. Additionally, circuit breakers experience environmental, mechanical, electrical and thermal stresses over the course of their service. A well planned preventative maintenance program can help in avoiding unplanned downtime and service interruptions due to what is often an avoidable mis-operation. Additionally, early detection of performance concerns can save on the cost of equipment repair and/or replacement.