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Andypl 06-25-2011 04:34 PM

Circuit Breaker switch
 
The circuit breaker switch that feeds into my bedroom keeps on tripping, but when I look in the breaker box, that switch is not tripped. I switch it off and back on and it lasts for about 5 minutes, then trips again. What could be the problem? Is that switch bad? Do I need to replace it?

DannyT 06-25-2011 04:37 PM

have you tried unplugging everything on that breaker and resetting it? there is probably more on that breaker then just the 1 bedroom.

gregzoll 06-25-2011 04:38 PM

Is it a AFCI type breaker, also who is the manufacturer of the panel, and if possible, how long ago was it inspected (should be a sticker on it). Have you tried swapping that breaker with another of the same amp to see if it does the same. A breaker trips because of either a dead short, worn out, or mis-wiring. They also can overheat because of a load on the circuit caused by too many appliances, which can also trip the breaker. What all is on that circuit, and is it a receptacle, or lighting?

Andypl 06-25-2011 04:56 PM

Circuit Breaker
 
Only half of my room is on that switch, which includes the ceiling light fixture which has a fan, T.V., two night bed lamps and the alarm system is also plugged into that line. Also we have the cell phone chargers and it's only 15 amps. I don't know the make, but if I try changing it, can I increase the amp from 15 to 20? Will that make a difference?

a7ecorsair 06-25-2011 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Andypl (Post 674002)
Only half of my room is on that switch, which includes the ceiling light fixture which has a fan, T.V., two night bed lamps and the alarm system is also plugged into that line. Also we have the cell phone chargers and it's only 15 amps. I don't know the make, but if I try changing it, can I increase the amp from 15 to 20? Will that make a difference?

Before you can safely change the breaker to 20 amps you would have to verify that all cables and wires that are part of this circuit are 20 gauge. I doubt they are.
The breaker is either tripping from too much current draw or the breaker itself is failing. How old it he house?

Andypl 06-25-2011 05:07 PM

Circuit Breaker
 
It's the original switch which dates back to 1986.

Jim Port 06-25-2011 05:43 PM

That year pre-dates AFCI breakers.

Your post does not make sense. You say the breaker keeps tripping but when you look in the panel it is not tripped. Breakers do not reset themselves.

gregzoll 06-25-2011 05:49 PM

Jim, sounds more like a loose connection in one of the outlets. My guess if it is a trac home, or mobile home, there is the possibility of a back-stab.

brric 06-25-2011 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by a7ecorsair (Post 674008)
Before you can safely change the breaker to 20 amps you would have to verify that all cables and wires that are part of this circuit are 20 gauge. I doubt they are.
The breaker is either tripping from too much current draw or the breaker itself is failing. How old it he house?

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Jim Port 06-25-2011 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 674038)
Jim, sounds more like a loose connection in one of the outlets. My guess if it is a trac home, or mobile home, there is the possibility of a back-stab.

Might be right Greg. It might be thermal cycling.

gregzoll 06-25-2011 07:18 PM

Jim, and those are what Fire departments call house cookers. Stuff like that keeps them and electricians in business, along with the insurance adjuster.


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