Electric Smoker Tripping GFCI (multiple circuits)

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Old 04-18-19, 03:41 PM
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Electric Smoker Tripping GFCI (multiple circuits)

I have a Masterbuilt 20070411 30 inch Electric Smoker that Iíve had for a couple years and have always used with no problems. Recently it started tripping the GFCI on my outdoor outlet. To confirm it wasnít the outlet I took the smoker around the front of the house to an outlet on another circuit and it trips that one as well. Any ideas on the issue? Is it fixable or is my smoker dead?

any help is greatly appreciated, thank you!
 
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Old 04-18-19, 04:16 PM
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GFCI tripping means you have a ground fault. This means you have a short or low resistant path to chassis.
It could be corroded heating element or wire with failed insulation.
It also could be carbon deposit creating a electrical path.

It would be possible to fix, but hard it will be is the question.
 
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Old 04-18-19, 07:00 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You are not the first person here to have that same exact problem with a Masterbuilt unit.
It turned out to be a defective heating element.
 
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Old 04-19-19, 04:55 AM
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I have had that happen to mine, my parents and a friend's Masterbuilt smoker. In each case it was the heating element needed to be replaced. If you search the web it's a very common problem with them.
 
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