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Ground Fault circuit Breaker trips each time a load is applied

A Cutler-Hammer Ground Fault circuit Breaker Type GFCB - Type HAGF trips each time a load is applied. If the circuit is changed out to a regular (non- ground fault) circuit breaker the load will not cause the circuit breaker to trip. The circuit is for 6 outside receptacles app. 100 feet of 12/2 w/ ground Romex wire.

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  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    The light keeps tripping the gfi then shuts off circuit breaker

  • swaa88 May 02, 2014

    sounds like the gfi was wired wrong or it is defective

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The most likely causes in their order of probability are: 1) water somewhere in the circuit causing the hot wire to ground; 2) a legitimate trip caused by a defect in a device plugged into the circuit; and 3) a defective GFCI breaker. In the first case, wait until it has been dry for about a week and see if it trips. In the second case, make sure there is nothing plugged into the circuit and try resetting. In the third case go ahead and put the regular breaker in, then put a GFCI outlet into the first box downstream from the breaker. If installed according to the directions, that outlet should protect all of the outlets downstream.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

  • Fahr Quad Mar 06, 2009

    I forgot to mention that with 12/2 wire, you can use a 20 amp breaker with up to 13 duplex outlets (120volts x 20 amps = 240 volt/amps. 240 va/180 va per duplex outlet = 13.33333 outlets allowed). On a 15 amp circuit, there can be up to 10 outlets (120v x 15a = 1800va/180va=10 outlets). The issue is not that the circuit is overloaded.

  • Jake Meffer Jul 16, 2013

    Ok ,it suonds like the breaker so I will just go ahead and swap it out . If I can only find it.

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