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Keeps tripping the main breaker on the electrics

Trips the main breaker

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Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but this is a sign of an electrical fault. Specifically, what trips the main breaker is leakage to earth (ground). You need a qualified electrician.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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