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The washing machine is setting off the breaker at the electrical

The machine runs for a few minutes then sets off the breaker

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Why does the circuit breaker trip after a few moments of operation?

There is often a breaker in the machine in addition to the electrical panel, so depends on which one. The machine breaker will trip if overloaded or very unbalanced. The panel breaker will trip if there is an electrical fault or if the load on the circuit is too high, including some equipment that draws more current when just starting. Best to consult an electrician if you are not knowledgeable about home electrical.

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The breaker this should be referring to is inside your home's panel box. Sometimes electronic devices will have an inline fuse to stop power surges from damaging expensive delicate boards with hard to find ICs, but this is a fuse that burns an electrical element and has to be replaced after it's been used, or in other words it's a one shot thing, versus a breaker which is a mechanical device that moves a set of contactors when it senses an over current situation and can be used repeatedly. Unfortunately you didn't ask this question with the string that your first question was linked with so I don't know the original problem, but I have never known of a washing machine that had an on board circuit breaker, and know that many do not include inline fuses either.

If you have additional questions please post (to this string so the can be easily found) and if you found my answer helpful please up vote it, and let us know your results.

Good luck!

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Our washing machine will kick the breaker after sometimes 2 minutes of washing, other times it will go completely through the cycle. Another time it went 13 minutes and then kicked the breaker. Not sure...

What value breaker are you using?
Its also worth noting whether it is a 'B' type breaker or 'C' type.
For example you should have a breaker that says B6 or C10..
This could be different as Im in the UK but my sockets run from a B32 breaker.. 'B' Rated 32 amperes (amps).
I've noticed that the washing machine is a steam washer, so I'm assuming it has quite a big element inside to create the steam.
Now I'm not sure if this is tripping your breaker because its going over the maximum load for your breaker or if its tripping to to the inrush current.
The letter that goes before the fuse rating of your breaker (B or C) signals what surge the breaker can take when the equipment or machinery is switched on. If the surge is greater than the rated breaker it will trip.
B types are most commonly used in houses but a C rated breaker could be used if it kept tripping from the inrush current (the sudden surge when machinery is switched on or a heating element kicks in).
If you know any electricians I would get their opinion and see what they say, uprated breakers are quite cheap approximatly £5 in the UK.
It could be a few things but it doesn't sound like a fault on your washing machine as it should blow the fuse in the plug first..
I hope that helps

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