Microwave suddenly tripping breaker


Old 12-02-14, 02:35 PM
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Microwave suddenly tripping breaker

We bought a new house about 6 months ago and are slowly figured out the wiring is crazy. Just today though the microwave has tripped the breaker 3 three times, about every other use. So with it, goes out the refrigerator and the computer which is in the corner of our kitchen. Is the microwave bad? The breaker? The wiring?? Baffled...
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Old 12-02-14, 02:37 PM
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You have quite a load (and a motor load at that) working on one circuit. Where is the microwave plugged in? Does it have its own receptacle or is it plugged in with the refrigerator? The refrigerator can cause problems when the compressor and motor first come on. It is called "inrush" and it can exceed the rating of the circuit by itself.
Old 12-02-14, 04:12 PM
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Is it a 20 amp circuit?


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