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Ge 50amp gfci trips, worked great before I bought it

Bought a used saratoga 10years old, worked great when i check it out, turned up on its side to move it, let it set for 2 months, hooked it up and it tripped the gfi, unplugged ext. units, stayed on, any thing I plugged in it tripped. replaced gfi with another ge, this time the light and the circulation pump would work without tripping the gfi. if I tried to plug in the pump or the blower, gfi trips. everything is dry under there, and has been. does the square D gfi work better, less sensitive, than the GE's? I now thinking that I may need to clean all connections to those motors, possibly corrided? FYi, the circulation pump is running with the heater and it came up to temp that I set with the control pad..

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  • hondomoore Oct 21, 2008

    The surge should be well below the rating of the breaker, the pump does not turn on till one minute after the circulation pump turns on. What I did to get this going is to clean the ground between the pump and and balboa ground bar and that seemed to keep the GFI from tripping, so far so good!

    thanks anyway



    Kevin

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Hi hondo,

When an electric motor kicks on there is an in rush current called FLA(full load amps), it is usually about 125% of rated circuit amperage. Try a 2 pole 60 amp gfci circuit breaker and see if that solves your issue. Going up to this amp breaker will not be a fire hazard or cause any anomalies.


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