Hair-dryer tripping breaker

Old 03-03-04, 12:44 PM
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Question Hair-dryer tripping breaker

I have a hair dryer that keeps tripping the circuit breaker. It doesn't happen when I use it (about 20 seconds) but when my wife does (not able to calculate time, but much longer for sure).

I'm guessing there may be too many outlets and lights on the same line. I've got 6 receptacles (one has a computer), 4 lights and 2 light fan combos. The circuit runs 3 rooms. Should I have a new circuit from the box run up and split out a bathroom?
Or is the load not the issue and I may have another problem like a faulty wire connection somewhere?

Thanks for you help
Old 03-03-04, 12:56 PM
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Yes, you should split this circuit.
Old 03-03-04, 04:38 PM
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The bathroom or at least the bathroom receptacle should be on its own 20 amp circuit. A hair dryer all on its is a full load on a circuit.
Old 03-03-04, 08:58 PM
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As a temporary solution until you split this circuit, you might consider buying a lower wattage hair dryer (or using the one you have on "low" instead of "high"). In the last twenty years, manufacturers have been making higher and higher wattage hair dryers. If your competitor is making a 1700-watt hair dryer, then you need to make an 1800-watt one to compete. They have carried things too far.

I know that your wife isn't going to like the fact that it will take a bit longer to dry her hair, but it's better than tripping the circuit. If you continue to trip and reset the circuit, you will eventually cause permanent damage to the wiring, and then you'll be in big trouble.

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