GE electric oven 240v 30amp breaker tripped???

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Old 05-01-05, 11:14 AM
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Exclamation GE electric oven 240v 30amp breaker tripped???



Yesterday the double-pole 240v 30amp circuit breaker (cutler-hammer) supplying power to a GE electric oven tripped while my wife baked bread. After several attempts, the circuit breaker would not reset. I would appreciate all suggestions concerning troubleshooting and repair of this problem. Thanks.
 
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Old 05-01-05, 11:20 AM
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30 amps is pretty small for an oven. Have there been any wiring or appliance changes recently?
 
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Old 05-01-05, 01:48 PM
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The oven is the only equipment on the circuit...my home is only 2yrs old and no changes have been made. It worked like a charm until this trip...what should I do?
If the breaker won't reset (with the oven turned off), then either something is wrong with the appliance, or something is wrong with the breaker. Either way, I doubt that it's a DIY job.
 
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Old 05-01-05, 03:22 PM
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I assume this is a stand-alone wall oven, on a 30 amp circuit. Almost any full range would require a 40 amp circuit, because an oven bake element plus 2 or 3 surface elements at the same time easily exceeds 7.2KVA.
 
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Old 05-02-05, 01:46 AM
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Just to be sure all bases are covered here...

When you are trying to reset the breaker, you probably need to push it all the way to the OFF position, *then* to ON. From the "tripped" position, many (most?) breakers will not go back to ON without going to OFF first.
 
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Good point chirk. Thanks for bringing it up.
 
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