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15 amp Gould breaker trips every 24 to 48 hours

Breaker trips periodically and will immediately reset (no buzzing or retripping). It is ever so slightly warmer than the others. No changes in load in well over a year. It started this a couple months ago and trips were about a month apart. Now it is tripping every day or two.

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As seemingly with everything else, these devices were once very reliable but now fail early in life.
Assuming that this is no GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) equipped breaker, you must  have a bad one. If it is, you may have some stray currents tripping the breaker.
While finishing up on our new home and putting breakers in the main box for the first time, one brand new breaker refused to stay set even though the circuit was OK and no loads on that branch connected at all. In the two years we have been here, we had to replace a second one acting just as you describe.

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