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Old 03-21-2010, 06:23 PM   #16
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Breaker tripping??


Only outlets have the outside landscape lights and sprinkler system. Those have been plugged in for years...since before I moved here.
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Sooo....


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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Scuba Dave and Billy Bob both make great points, hair dryers and steamers do pull a good amount of amps to work. You should think about any electrical changes you have made recently ie new fridge, new hair dryer or steamer, heck go borrow your neighbors hair dryer and see if it does the same thing. Or if something that is pulling power from that same circuit which may run on a regular basis is suddenly pulling more amps. Shut off the breaker and identify every plug that breaker goes to. If all you are using is the one appliance when the break trips I personally would suspect the breaker especially if it just started to do it all of a sudden, I see breaker go weak all the time. As far as changing the breaker, if you are sqeamish about electricity in any way or you are not familiar with panels then don't attempt it, it is a simple process but involves having your hands in and around exposed electrical components and one wrong move you will be lucky if you just pee on yourself.
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Thanks. I've racked my brain. I haven't added any lights, appliances, or anything else anywhere in the house, except a different type of bulb. I'm not squeamish but I'm not familiar with boxes so I'll call a pro.
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Only outlets have the outside landscape lights and sprinkler system. Those have been plugged in for years...since before I moved here.
So are these things on while at the same time you are using the hair dryer?

We had time change recently. Are you using the hair dryer an hour earlier now?

Try using the hair dryer an hour later and see if the breaker does not trip.

If this is the case, look at any timers you have for the lights/sprinklers. Set them so they are not on at the same time you are using the hair dryer.

And of course as said above, have an electrician place the garage on a separate circuit.
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I'll check that, but I've been here for 8 years and the timer has been set the same the whole time.
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Unplug the lights and the sprinker system, then recheck.
These items are all underground and could be causing problems.
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Thanks. I'll do that. I keep saying that they've been working fine for years, but I also know that stuff breaks for no apparent reason.

Thanks again, all.
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A timer is basically an electric clock. They need to have the time set on them every once and awhile. Especially if there has been a power outage.

I check my timers each spring and fall when the time changes.
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Thanks. I'll do that. I keep saying that they've been working fine for years, but I also know that stuff breaks for no apparent reason.

Thanks again, all.
Start with the simple stuff. Have you tried a different/new hair dryer or steamer yet, as HandyManMarc suggested? Maybe your appliances are 'slowly' failing and causing a problem.
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I'll try that too.
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