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Furnace keeps tripping circuit break

Starting some time today my furnace began to trip the circuit breaker.....it runs for about 5-10 minutes then the circuit pops.....

i can reset the circuit and it works fine for about 5-10 minutes again until it pops again....

is this a problem with the furnace? or the circuit overheating?

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Furnace. To confirm use an Ampprobe or other brand ampmeter and see how much current is being drawn. If it is more that 80% of the breaker rating, it si for sure the Furnace.

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