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30amp trip after getting hot

I have a maytag performa when it run so long the breaker get hot and it kicks the breaker off, i have a 30amp breaker should it be a 40amp. It jus started doing this after 4 month. are could the breaker be bad.

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Look on the unit for the electrical data plate. It should have the required amperage rating on it.
Have the actual amperage being pulled by the unit checked.
You may have improper voltage being supplied to the unit which causes excessive amperage.
The breaker could be weak. Meaning that it may be tripping at an amperage less than 30.
Your wire size may be too small for the circuit which would cause overheating of the circuit and tripping the breaker.
Do not change the breaker to a higher amperage unless the wire size attached to that circuit is rated for it.
A breakers job is to stop power should a overheating of circuit or a short circuit occurs. It protects the circuit from catching fire inside the walls and burning the place down.
Good Luck and I hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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