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turbomangt 09-16-2010 07:13 AM

Switch trips breaker.................
We just had our bathroom remodeled and one thing we had them do is install a combo heat lamp vent fan. The wall plate for this unit has 5 time settings for lamp along with the on / off switch for the fan. on the same wall is a 2 plug outlet with the standard built in circut breaker. I would say 1 out of every 6 or 7 times when you turn off the fan, the circut outlet blows, and it has to be reset, we had the general out and he is puzzled. so I thought I would throw this out to you pro's for feedback. thanks a much!!!

oh'mike 09-16-2010 07:38 AM

What you are describing sounds like a GCFI (ground fault outlet) tripping--not a circuit breaker.

One of the electricians will chime in soon--Typically the heater/fan/light require their own circuit----------Mike----

turbomangt 09-16-2010 07:43 AM

Yes, I stand corrected, GCFI outlet is right now that I remember that term. Is that unusual since we have not even used the heater yet? I would not think the fan alone would trip the GCFI? the bath room is on its own circut not shared with any other rooms in the house. I was thinking it might be a defective switch?

joed 09-16-2010 08:46 AM

The fan is a motor. Motors can trip GFCI's. Can the fan be moved to the LINE side of the GFCI?

turbomangt 09-16-2010 08:49 AM

NOt sure what u mean? Not an electrician, just tell me what I should advise my contractor,can this be done with little problems or?? so was it wired incorrectly?

oh'mike 09-16-2010 10:18 AM

What he is suggesting is quite simple---The GCFI outlet can protect fixtures 'down line' (your fan)LOAD

Or the power can pass through the unit with out being protected--LINE


turbomangt 09-16-2010 10:21 AM

Hey MIke, great when you come over you can look at it for me!!!!!!!! will call you later today.

turbomangt 09-19-2010 12:01 PM

Just need to send out a special thank you to OH'Mike, all you guys are awesome for helping us novices and when I noticed Mike was not far from me I asked him to bid on a bathrom job, he showed up on time, was professional, I could tell he was well qualified, I figured while he was here I'd ask him to look at my wall switch that was tripping, he said let me open it up and have a look, in less than 5 minutes, problem solved, no more issues with tripping, it was wired wrong. I can't say enough about Mike going the extra mile, It was great meeting him, if I can afford him, he would be the guy for my bath for sure!!!! ok Mike this should be worth a nice discount right? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:thumbsup::thumbup::y es:

frenchelectrican 09-19-2010 12:21 PM

I am glad that Oh'mike did came out and help you that is very nice of him to do that for you.


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