wiring in bedroom

Old 06-03-01, 01:26 AM
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I have my computer on one outlet. My tv in on another
one. I have two outlets left in the room. When I use my blow dryer it sometimes trips the breaker. other things
will work in the outlets just not a blow dryer.
Can anyone help me.
Old 06-03-01, 10:48 AM
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Either you have a lot more loading that circuit than you realize, or you have bad connection at one or more outlets. If the outlets are very loose and don't grip the plug tightly, this adds to the circuit load. Loose connections (those cursed "back stab" connections, especially) on the back of the receptical, will have the same result.

Check what else goes off when that breaker is off. There may be a high draw device somewhere in the circuit. Even a 15 amp residential circuit should handle a computer, a television and a blow dryer with ease.

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Computer ... no problem. TV ... not too much power there. But add a 1500 watt hair dryer to that mix and ... boom. A 15-amp circuit only has 1800 watts available (under perfect conditions). I don't think 300 watts is enough left for the TV and the computer, especially if it's a big TV.

Newer homes have a 20-amp circuit in the bathroom. This is the circuit designed to handle the heavy load of a hair dryer. I suggest you dry your hair in the bathroom.
Old 06-04-01, 06:32 AM
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Wink wiring

Thanks I guess I'll continue to dry my hair in the bathroom. If anyone finds a wayaround this let me know.
I also have a ceiling fan on the circuit. With lights.

The only thing that goes off is that one room.
The outlets that does not have the t.v. or computer on
it will run an iron or a 60watt light bulb. I don't use
anything in either outlet when I use my blow dryer.
Sometimes it doesn't don't go out. I would really like
to use my dryer in my personal room.


[Edited by ladybug-m on 06-05-01 at 10:59]
Old 06-05-01, 02:17 AM
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John - would the 20A bathroom circuit also include the bathroom lighting and fan, if installed?


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