Question about Challenger Circuit Breaker
1) First of all, you are overamping that breaker.
Look at label on each appliance for watt rating.
1200 watt microwave, 120 volts draws 10 amps.
500 watt tv, 120 volts draws 4.1 amps.
15 amp breaker rated for 80% safe maximum is 12 amps
Do not install larger breaker without increasing size of wire.
2) Tripping breaker will not reset.
Jiggle breaker and see if there is crackling sound and check for burned smell.
Breaker might be bad. Move wire to another same-size breaker.
3) Other problem could be electrical short, caused by Melted wire, melted outlet, bad appliance, bad surge protector
Unplug everything and see if breaker rersets.
Check each outlet to determine which are out.
Inspect each outlet and switch for appearance of burning or small of burning.
Then plug each item in one at a time, and see what is tripping breaker.
Posted on Oct 30, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: What other brand will fit
You can only safely use breakers listed for your panel . It will depend on the style of the challenger breaker you are using. Go by the breaker number you currently have and it may cross over to a different brand with same part number . There are two basic Challenger styles. The Zinco/Westinghoue/Challenger Long skinny Like thi one.
and the Murry/Bryant style like this Siemens breaker
Posted on Oct 12, 2010
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