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Why would a circuit breaker that should be able to handle 2300 watts trip sometimes when you just turn on a 350-watt TV?
I would wonder if the items that are tripping the breaker are being plugged into the same outlet. There could be a problem with the outlet or the wiring in the box in the wall that the outlet is mounted in. If one of the screws on the back of the outlet that connects the wire to the outlet is loose, there would be a possibility of seeing your problem. Also, breakers can and do go bad. The more they pop, the more worn out they get. If you feel comfortable, you could try swapping the breaker in the box with another one of the same amp rating or just buy a new one since they aren't too expensive. You'll still have your old one as a spare or for an additional circuit to be added later. Answer The TV could also act as a large capacitor and draw alot of current right when its turned on and charging up(like lights dimming when you turn something like a tv on)
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What could be wrong if you turn on a circuit breaker after working on the circuit and the breaker does not trip but there is no power to the circuit?
reset your breaker...... make sure it is pushed completely to the off position. then turn it back to on. ...... Or, it may be tripping with your wiring job. Maybe either …the hot or the neutral is still disconnected from the circuit? Or, maybe, within a socket outlet you want to use that is on that circuit, either the hot or the neutral wire is not properly connected into its terminal in the socket outlet? As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed. Before you do any work yourself, on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances, always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.
Answer Have you tried changing you breaker? Sometimes when breakers get weak they will still function most of the time, but when the a/c kicks on it will t…rip. Answer Is it the indoor portion of your AC or the outside? Answer The circuit is probably overloaded. 110V air conditioners draw quite a bit of current. If you have many other devices on the same circuit that is why the breaker is tripping. To solve this you need to run another circuit. Consult an electrician if you don't know how ot do this.
50 watt equals less than 1/2 amp current flow at 120 volts so you can have 30 light on a 15amp breaker or 40 on a twenty amp breaker.
Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Watts= voltage X amps At 120 volt total watts would be 2400 at 20 amps. The electrical co…de states that circuit conductors that are fed by this breaker on a continuous load can only be loaded to 80%. #12 wire rated at 20 amps, derated to 16 amps continuous = 16 x 120 = 1920 watts, #10 wire rated at 30 amps derated to 24 amps continuous = 24 x 120 = 2880 watts. On load calculations this derate should be taken into consideration. To maintain the required wattage needed for the load the wire size and/or the next size breaker may be needed.
The light on my gfi outlet is dim and sometimes out i am getting no power to it but the circuit breaker is not tripped i just replaced the gfi and it didn't help any ideas?
If the GFI outlet is tripped (the outlet, not the breaker) then it is telling you there is a ground fault which must be fixed. If the GFI outlet is not tripped, and… the breaker is not tripped, but it is still not providing power, then you have a loose connection or a wiring error.
Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. That will draw about 9 amps at 120V. A 15 amp breaker if the circuit conductor is #14 or 20 a…mp breaker if the circuit conductor is #12. As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed. Before you do any work yourself, on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances, always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.
Either a defective interrupter or an actual ground fault exceeding .005 amps
Two 100 watt heaters are to be connected in paralleto a 115 V source Will a 20 A circuit breaker be able to carry current without tripping Justify answer?
Certainly, 100Watt of power requires only about 1 A at 115V However, if you made a typo and intended to say two 1000 Watt heaters Then I would use a 25A. The 20A breaker w…ould be ok, but will be on the cusp of tripping as the current would be closer to 18A. The typical 14AWG wiring in a house can carry up to 32Amps safely as a result the maximum circuit breaker to use would be 25Amps In the above answer it is stated that a #14 wire will carry up to 32 amps. This is completely false. A #14 wire is only rated at 15 amps. To carry 32 amps safely you would need to use a #8 wire which is three wire sizes larger that a # 14.
Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service.Most likely it's a poor connection between the feed cable and either the meter base or the breaker panel…. You cannot legally work on a sealed meter base but if you have a "shutoff" at the meter base, turn off power to the breaker panel, verify that there is no power at the panel then tighten the connections inside the breaker panel. If that doesn't solve the problem, contact a qualified electrician. To amplify a bit, your breaker box is split into two parts each fed by one of two legs of a 230/240 VAC main supply. There will be three wires and a ground feeding the box. The white wire is neutral and Black is one side of the 230/240 VAC circuit and red is typically the other. Working on a main panel is very dangerous so calling an electrician is a great idea. If your house was fed with aluminum cable it tends to creep over time and the main screw connecting the wire to the bus bar tends to be loose. There is usually a compound use to stop oxidation when aluminum wire is used. You CANNOT just tighten this wire because it is LIVE. One of the possibilities is that some older panels may be fed from a fused disconnect box where there is a cartridge fuse on each of the two "hot" legs. The disconnect handle, when turned off, will remove power from each side of the fuses so they can be replaced. Before you do any work yourself, on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances, always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized IF YOU ARE NOT REALLY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.
A breaker is a mechanical device and certainly would wear some with manual on and off usage, but it should be minimal and should not cause a problem unless it were defective. …There are many commercial applications where the breaker is used for daily on/off use for lighting and other functions. The breaker can fail by having a mechanical part malfunction or perhaps arcing between contacts that would corrode or fuse mechanical contacts.
The operating handle will be found in mid throw. On smaller type electrical breakers there is a small trip indicator window and a red flag will be visible when the breaker has… tripped. On larger physical size breakers you will definitely see that the handle is not in the off or on position. To reset any size breaker move the handle to the full off position. You might hear a click but you will definitely feel the internal mechanism re-latch to the off position. This has reset the breaker, move the handle to the on position and normal electrical power will have been restored. If you get an instantaneous trip after a reset do not try and reset the breaker again. Find the cause of the short circuit and get it repaired. Constant and repetitive resetting will destroy the breaker and increase the temperature of the short circuit. If the short circuit is in a highly combustive area this is not good. Find the problem and get it repaired.
Depends upon the voltage, since P = I x E. If we were to assume 120 volts (typical in USA and a few other countries), and design load of 80 percent, you could safely supply 0.…8 x 15 x 120 or 1440 watts. Of course, the wiring would also need to support 15 Amps or more.
It is safer to find out why the breaker tripped before the power is turned on. Turn off all equipment, then turn on the supply, then turn on each appliance one by one to f…ind the culprit.
A 4500 watt element will work on a 20 amp breaker if it operates at 220 volts or less. It will simply trip the breaker if the load is greater than 20 amps at 220 volts.
Why would a breaker trip after 30 sec with nothing plugged in to the circuit except the tv that is turned off?
First unplug the TV. Some TVs may still draw current when off, but not enough to cause a breaker to trip. However you still want to make sure you don't fry your TV as you trou…bleshoot. If there is nothing plugged in to any outlet on the branch circuit and there are no light fixtures the problem is a bad breaker or in the wiring. The ideal is to have an electrician troubleshoot since you can kill yourself while messing with the breaker panel if you don't know what you are doing. Turn breaker off, make sure with a meter that the breaker is no longer hot and remove the wire by unscrewing the lug screw. Do the same for another breaker of the same rating. Hook the first wire removed to the second breaker. Turn on the second breaker. If it doesn't trip the problem is first breaker, and you need to replace it. If the second breaker trips it is the wiring. With the second wire and breaker restored to original connection, leave the first wire disconnected. Measure the resistance with a meter of the disconnected first wire to neutral which are where white wires are connected in panel. If you have everything unplugged there should be an open circuit. If not you need to start disconnecting wires in outlets and fixtures on the branch circuit and determine where the short is. Since breaker stays on for 30 seconds it is likely the breaker since a dead short would trip breaker immediately. The exception would be a short that is causing a current to flow that is very close to the rating of the breaker. If the breaker is good then I suspect you have something plugged in you don't know about.
You need 12.5 Amps. For a continuous load you want to only have 80% of the current which would be 12 Amps. Best to go with a 20 Amp breaker.
Look for the cause of the trip and correct. Reset the circuit breaker. If it continues to trip it might be an overloaded circuit, loose connections in the circuit, or a sh…ort in the wiring somewhere.