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Old 03-20-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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Breaker tripping??


The outlets in my master bath (2 outlets) trip the breaker. The GFCI (or AFCI) are located in the basement bathroom. There are two in that bathroom. What is the most common cause and what would need to be replaced?

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Old 03-20-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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The outlets trip the breaker or a device plugged into the outlets trip the breaker? Which is it?

There are you (I am) in the basement bathroom. Huh? I'm in my living room.
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Circuit breakers trip because there is too much of a load on the circuit. Too many "watts" (amps).

Many things have a label which says the wattage. Following is a calculator you can use to convert watts to amps...
(Use the one under single phase...)
http://www.jobsite-generators.com/po...lculators.html

So total up the watts of everything you have on at the same time, then convert this to amps.

Then look at the circuit breaker which is tripping. There should be a number on it like 15 or 20. This is the rated amps of that breaker and circuit.
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Sorry for the typo. I fixed it.

It trips when I use my hair dryer or clothes steamer. Not at the same time, though when I did try to it would then trip. This is new. I've been living here for 8 years. This just started in the last week. The device (either one) works for a couple minutes, then stops when the breaker trips.
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Have any light bulbs been replaced with higher wattage?

Anything new electric plugged in?

These circuits are *supposed* to only go to the bathroom and be 20 amps, but this is not always the case. There could be other outlets in a bedroom or outside on the same circuit...

So anything new plugged in recently? Outside maybe? In an adjoining room?

Something on a timer somewhere and it is now on due to time change?
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Is it the breaker tripping or a GFCI tripping?
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #7
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Breaker tripping??


The breaker in the garage is tripping.

The breaker is connected to the bathroom AND the garage (which I find very odd).

Since I have lived here I couldn't plug in/run more than one thing at a time into the outlet. Steamer and hair dryer would trip it. One or the other would be fine.

RECENTLY, though, I replaced all the light fixture bulbs with energy efficient bulbs (globes). But this was several months ago. The breaker tripping is just in the last week.
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If it is only tripping when you are using something it could be as simple as the breaker is getting weak...try replacing it.
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Breaker tripping??


Okay. So is replacing a breaker something I could do? I'm handy enough to change outlets, switches, etc. Or do I need to call an electrician?
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Where are you located ?
What size breaker is it..15a or 20a ?
What size wire...14g or 12g ?
Have you verified everything that is running on this circuit ?
How much power (watts or amps) does the hair dryer pull ?
How much power (watts or amps) does the clothes steamer pull ?

If its a 15a circuit & you are using 2 items (plus other items on the circuit) that exceed the breaker rating then the breaker will trip...its supposed to



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Mmm. In a house built in 1996, shouldn't the breakers be able to handle a standard household hair dryer and/or clothing steamer? Kind of like using a toaster in a kitchen. These are normal items found in a bathroom. Nothing unusual.
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Using a toaster in the kitchen...yes...toaster & another high wattage device on the same circuit....maybe not
Many hair dryers use 1500-1850 watts

And if you have a 15a breaker for some reason, No it will not handle the load



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Okay. Who knew? Anyway, I've been using both items for years. So aside from not being able to use them both at the same time, if they were too much for the circuit, wouldn't I have had problems along time ago?
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What is plugged in to the garage outlets?

A freezer? Maybe needs defrosting? Maybe running all the time?
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The thing is you need to check to see what breaker is installed
And what amount of power is being used
It doesn't make any sense to replace a breaker unless you 1st eliminate other possibilities

What is the breaker Mfg ?

Myself I'd run another circuit to the garage or the bathroom



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