We just moved into a new house and every time we plug the range in, it pops the breaker. We weren't sure if this was an outlet issue, or a plug issue, so we replaced both. It's still happening. The house was built in 1999, so all the wiring is relatively new. Everything else is working just fine, including the dryer, which we had to replace the plug on.
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Re: Popping the Breaker
Ok, first a couple of things, you didnt mention if it popped the breaker when you were using the oven, burners, of both or if it does it as soon as you plug it in.
If it does it as soon as you plug it in, you have a short in the back of the unit. you need to pull the back panel off and look to see if the broil or the back element wires were touching the the back panel. This is a common short.
If it only does it when you are using both the burners and the oven, you might have a weak circuit breaker that needs to be replaced in your house. Unfortunately, age has little to do with it, I've gotten new breakers that didn't function correctly.
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From having a Hotpoint myself, I can think of 2 possibilities.
Obvious answer would be electrical problem. If it trips the breaker you probably have a loose wire or a bad plugin socket. Did you buy a new "pigtail" plugin socket or did you use an old one when you got the stove? They say to buy a new one each time. If this is your first problem with this then your circuit can probably handle the load but see if the circuit that tripped says 30 or 40 amps. Also check to see if anything else is on that circuit besides your stove. There shouldn't be anything else on circuit. You may even have a bad circuit breaker but that seems less likely.
Second possibility is a bad baking element at the bottom of stove or bad heating element on top. When mine went bad, it made loud popping noises and sparks were flying. After that, the rest of the stove worked but not the baking element. I had to replace it for about $50.
My bet is on a loose wire. Be careful and unplug everything before you check! See if it's not fully plugged into the socket and see if the 3 or 4 wires coming from the thick plug wire are all tightly connected to your stove.
Yes, one side of a double pole circuit breaker could go bad, but unless you live in a really old house it isn't likely. Instead of just replacing the circuit breaker, $30+, you might want to check with your neighbors and borrow a multimeter to check the outlet to see if you have 120 volts on each leg of your outlet (which makes up the 240 volts you need). If you have 120 volts on each leg then your breaker and outlet are functioning.
Some ranges have an internal fuse that controls the heating elements. Suggest you go to www.searspartsdirect.com and plug in the model # off the equipment id tag (on rear panel or on oven frame) and check to see if there is a fuse or fuseable link.
Is it a new stove? There are really only three reasons that you can trip a breaker. you are pulling to many amps for the breaker, the breaker is bad or there is a dead short in the stove or wiring. Do you have an ohm meter? If it's a new stove it may be using more juice then the old one. Unlikely though. Your cord my be bad also. The outlet may be bad The breaker is the easiest to replace, then the cord then the outlet. After all this it might be the stove. If you have an ohm meter you can test you breaker, cord and outlet for shorts. You are dealing with 240 and 40 or 50 amps of electricity. Make one small mistake and you will be dead. My personal guess is the cord or stove Be careful and good luck
2 common, possible problems. 1 - there is a "short" in the plug - easy fix - replace either the cord or plug - not expensive. 2 - bad control board - not so easy, not so cheap. Is it brand new, used? Also, it could be a bad "internal breaker" - not easy!