Turning off switched outlet trips breaker


Old 04-25-12, 11:54 AM
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Turning off switched outlet trips breaker

I recently moved a small plug-in fan to a switched outlet (a wall switch... on/off standard toggle). When I turn the switch on, the fan powers on as expected. When I turn the wall switch off, the breaker for the whole rooms trips. When I reset the circuit breaker to the room, everything is fine again. When I operate the fan manually (with the fan's on/off button) nothing trips. When I run the fan, tv, vacuum, radio, lights, everything... nothing trips.

So, it doesn't seem like a pure current load problem. It doesn't seem like a current surge in the fan because I can operate it manually. Before I call an electrician or open the wall plate, any initial thoughts or ideas I can search and educate myself on? I tried searching, but found my long description to perform poorly as a google search.

The simple toggle switch shares a wall-plate with a second basic toggle switch and dimmer switch (which I think is actually tied to a Lutron system). All 3 are normal 1 unit switches just sharing the same wall plate.

It's not my house, so I want to have some good ideas regarding what to look for before I simply remove the wall plate to see what's going on.

Thanks for any advice in advance!

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Old 04-25-12, 01:58 PM
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Sounds like something wired wrong but without opening it up no good guess.
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