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Trips ground fault on plugging into receptacle

Coffee maker works when not using plug with ground fault protection but on any receptacle with ground fault protection the ground fault is tripped on plugging into receptacle. this does not require cutting the unit on. this has happened on receptacles on differnet ground faults so it does not appear to be the ground fault. i was told it was probably the heating element but why would this trip the ground fault before cutting the unit on. any suggestions? thanks for your help.

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Re: trips ground fault on plugging into receptacle

I just opened one of the machines with this issue and found that the heating element is entirely ripped open (over the length of the coiled heating element) and the water contaminated with brownish stuff from within the element.
Was wondering if that part can be replaced.

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Re: trips ground fault on plugging into receptacle

You have a leak on to and electrical component or an element that is bad. Stop using it due to possible electrical shock and take it to an authorized repair center or get a new one.

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Hello Joesal,
A GFI receptacle senses and imbalance between the hot ( line voltage) feed and ground. There should be no current sensed on the ground. This protection feature will disable the line voltage in milliseconds if it sense current passing thru to ground. The intent is to sense current flow to ground and in the event that you are that path ( meaning current is flowing thru you as a ground) disables that line voltage in milliseconds to keep you from being electrocuted. You have either a bad GFI receptacle or there is leakage current getting thru to ground. In either case, its a good idea to determine which is the problem.. I suggest you try your coffee maker on another GFI receptacle in your home ( perhaps in the bathroom or basement) to verify the coffee maker isn't malfunctioning. If it is,, then you may want to discard it or if you are elecrically handy, repair it,... Do not compromise you or your familys safety with these things.. Be careful and good luck..
In addition,if you do run the coffee maker off an extension cord, make sure it is properly sized for the current that your coffee maker requires.. I wouldn't use any extension cord less than 14 gauge ( #14 )
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The key here is to identify the problem as being either the coffee maker or the GFI receptacle... a simple test can be done as follows...
Try plugging the Coffee Maker into another GFI receptacle .. you may have one in the bathroom? If it trips that too, then you have an internal wiring problem with your coffee maker.. if it doesn;t ..then your GFI receptacle may be bad or on the verge of going bad .. either way..this should narrow the problem down to one or the other.. hope this helps..

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