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# breaker pops out i don't get it

#1
11-30-01, 11:06 PM
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breaker pops out i don't get it

i have a microwave,frig, toaster, and coffee maker all on one 20 amp breaker is this too much?

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12-01-01, 05:57 AM
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With all that running at one time you've got about three times too much. You need some more circuits, and the refrigerator and microwave need to be on separate circuits by themselves. The coffee maker and toaster would about load a circuit.

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12-01-01, 10:56 AM
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Having any problems now?

Jim,

Is the breaker or fuse for this circuit often tripping or blowing?

I agree that there's way too big a load on the circuit, BUT, you can probably learn to live with it--don't run the micro and anything else at the same time, for instance.

Cliff

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12-01-01, 04:28 PM
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I suspect that if you will check your coffee pot will pull about 1300 to 1500 watts. Your toaster will also pull about 1300 to 1500 watts. Your refrig will most likely pull around 840 watts. Your microwave again will pull about 1300 to 1500 watts.

A 20 amp circuit if loaded to its absolute max of 20 amps you can pull a miximum of 2400 watts on that circuit at any one given time. Any sustained load would kick a 20 amp breaker with a load of about 1800 watts.

If you do the math even your toaster and your coffee pot if both turned on at the same time will kick this 20 amp breaker. 1500 and 1500 equals 3000 watts which would be about 600 watt more than a 20 amp breaker can carry.

I would say you need to at least install a single circuit to your mictrowave and another single circuit to where you coffee pot and toaster is.

Good Luck

Wg

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12-02-01, 04:03 PM
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thanks you all for the insight to this problem... as it turns out there was my computer system and a downstairs circuit with a small space heater on here hum wonder why this kept blowing..
it is nice to be able to communicte with some other people with the same intrests that know what there doing...