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Old 03-31-2013, 10:43 PM   #16
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There is probably nothing wrong except that the set screws where the wires are burned were not tightened down.

Even if you had 20 ampere fuses on the 14 gauge wires (improper), the dishwasher and disposer under normal use aren't going to be drawing enough power long enough to burn the wires with no loose connection.

A loose connection can lead to overheating of that kind with less than a quarter of the amperes rating being drawn, thus the breaker does not trip. It is possible that just one loose connection got the metal terminal strip (bus bar) so hot that wires in neighboring slots got burned also.

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There is probably nothing wrong except that the set screws where the wires are burned were not tightened down.

Even if you had 20 ampere fuses on the 14 gauge wires (improper), the dishwasher and disposer under normal use aren't going to be drawing enough power long enough to burn the wires with no loose connection.

A loose connection can lead to overheating of that kind with less than a quarter of the amperes rating being drawn, thus the breaker does not trip. It is possible that just one loose connection got the metal terminal strip (bus bar) so hot that wires in neighboring slots got burned also.
Thanks for the explanation. This makes sense. Also the breaker is 15 amps.
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While we're on this topic, does code give any specific torque specs for the buss bar screws? All mine are 'tight' but anytime I see a problem like this happen I figure the more details we can share the better. Thanks
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No. Follow the manufacturers installation instructions.

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