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Every time I use my blow dryer, the light shuts off in the bathroom. This makes me have to go outside to lift the break in order to light turns on again. I am tired of that so now I have to blow dry my hair in any other room but the bathroom. The manual says it operates on 110-120, 50-60 Hz only. Please tell me why and what I can do to solve the problem. Thank you.
 

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Run a new circuit to the bath room for the hair dryer.
 

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Have a new 20A circuit run to the bathroom.

What else is on that circuit? If it is just the bath lights and hair dryer that does not seem like enough to trip a breaker.
 

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Every time I use my blow dryer, the light shuts off in the bathroom. This makes me have to go outside to lift the break in order to light turns on again. I am tired of that so now I have to blow dry my hair in any other room but the bathroom. The manual says it operates on 110-120, 50-60 Hz only. Please tell me why and what I can do to solve the problem. Thank you.
1 - what size circuit is it ?
2 - whats the power draw of the hair dryer ?
3 - does the light go out completely or just dim down ?
 

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You need to tell us a few things:
1). What is the power draw on the hair dryer? It should be near where you found the voltage (110-120). It should say something like 1500W or 1875W
2). What amperage is the circuit breaker feeding this circuit? (It should be 15 or hopefully 20, it will be printed on the breaker)
3). Is anything else on this circuit? Just a hairdryer and a light should not cause the breaker to trip.
 

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1. Power draw of hair dryer is W1875

2. Amperage of the circuit breaker is 15 (unfortunately Kyle_in_rure)

3. Besides the plug for the hair dryer and 4 lights in the same bathroom, this circuit supplies a second bathroom and a bedroom
 

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1. Power draw of hair dryer is W1875

2. Amperage of the circuit breaker is 15 (unfortunately Kyle_in_rure)

3. Besides the plug for the hair dryer and 4 lights in the same bathroom, this circuit supplies a second bathroom and a bedroom
There is the answer there is the bedroom shared with the bathroom.

Is this your house or apartment ??

Merci,
Marc
 
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In that case, you would probably have to have an electrician come in and run a new circuit, or just continue to plug the hair dryer in where it doesn't trip the breaker. A 15 amp circuit is good for 1800 watts (give or take a little); your hair dryer uses 1875. That, together with the lights and whatever else may be plugged in on that circuit is drawing too much, and tripping the breaker.
 

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You will have to run a new circuit,
of at least 20a to the bathroom.
The existing circuit is not really up to the job.
Or use the hair dryer else where in the house
where there is another power circuit.
Kitchen maybe ?
 

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...Or purchase a smaller hair dryer. There are many 1500 watt and lower blow dryers that perform quite well (my wife says so!). Then insure that most of the lights and stuff are off in the bedroom and other bathroom.

It's a compromise I know, but probably the cheapest way out.
 
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