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Old 08-30-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ceiling Fans Shutting Themselves off.


I have a covered deck that I added electric to. I put in a new 20 amp breaker, ran a line to a GFCI outlet. From the outlet, it gets split one line to another outlet then a switch to a light (this is actually a capped line until I install the light. The other line is run to a wall switch and then two outdoor ceiling fans. They are run in parallel not in series, which may be my issue.

The fans run fine for 20 - 30 mins then they either trip the GFCI, in which case simply reseting USUALLY works, or they both stop working without tripping the GFCI. If this happens, they will ome back on by themselves after 45 mins or so.

ANY help on this is appreciated.


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Old 08-30-2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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Try changing the GFCI. It could be bad. While you have the box open, check carefully all the connections and make sure the line and load connections are right. I will bet it is one of these two things.

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Try changing the GFCI. It could be bad. While you have the box open, check carefully all the connections and make sure the line and load connections are right. I will bet it is one of these two things.
IMO if the Line/Load connections were reversed, the fans wouldn't work altogether (If the receptacle was the "Lockout" type.) Or they wouldn't trip at all! (No matter what) Don't Drink and Drive!!!
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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If I do not turn the fans on, the GFCI works fine for hours on end with things plugged into it or the outlet down the line. The other reason I do not suspect the actual GFI is that it frequently does not trip, items plugged in to either outlet still work and the fans still shut off.

I wonder if it is the stupid cheap fans from Lowes. I am in Louisiana and it is not exactly the coolest area of the country this time of year. Could the engines simply be overheating?
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