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I need a new 20 Sylvania GTE GFCI Circuit breaker for my home. I can't find any. Can you help?

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gfci's are designed to trip if they receive voltage on there ground/neutral side, therefore my vote is for Smithbrother I would say there is probably a partial short somewhere in you system.

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Since Sylvania changed to Chanllenger later own, there are only a few options, " hope depo" may have a replacement breakers, but Cutler Hammer "BR" style should work. If they won't fit i would call the oldest electrician in town and see if he has a few in the van!

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There are companies that specialize in used / obsolete electrical distribution equipment. Larger areas may also have "brick and mortar" stores to shop. If no such store exists near you, try googling "used GTE cicuit breaker" When I did I got a bunch of results including this one:

http://www.allbreakers.com/Products/

I hope this helps!

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There are literally dozens of brand options on the market. All are to specified standards. Contact any electrical supplier to obtain one for your system.

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You can buy an inexpensive GFCI tester for as little as $10-$12. A better one with several mv settings will cost you a bit more. This way you can test this circuit and even GFCI receptacles. Then you'll know for sure if your breaker is working.

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The acronym AFCI stands for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter and this device is designed to cut the flow of electricity when it senses an arc fault. If you have ever plugged in an extension cord or flipped a light switch and heard a loud popping sound, then you have experienced an arc fault. The sound that you hear is actually electricity jumping from one electrical contact in the plug or switch to another. Though this might seem harmless, an arc fault causes an excessive amount of heat in your home's wiring which, over time, can actually melt the wiring's insulation leaving the wire exposed. This can lead to an electrical fire. Since the majority of your home's wiring is hidden behind its walls, it's almost impossible to know if your home is at risk.
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Much like an AFCI, a GFCI is designed to cut the flow of electricity to a circuit; however a GFCI is triggered not by an electrical arc, but rather a ground fault. This is when electricity travels outside of its intended path as it tries to find the shortest path to ground. An example of this is when a person with a live electrical wire touches the ground or something resting on the ground that can conduct electricity. The electrical current will travel through the person's body as it seeks the shortest path to ground, electrocuting them in the process. It only takes 1/10 of an amp to kill a human being. To give you an idea of just how little power that is, the average 60 watt household light bulb draws 5 times the power needed to kill a person.

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on Jun 05, 2015 | General Electric Electrical Supplies

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20 A AFCI Homeline trips intermittenly on a outlet circuit with no lighting on it. The circuit does have an GFCI outlet on it. Trips mabe once a week. replaced the breaker and it worked fine for about a...


You should not have multiple GFCI devices in any one circuit. Change out the outlet and label it
GFCI Protected if necessary...Your problem of nuisance trips should go away.

John

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My Sylvania - ground fault 15 amp breaker (32740) is tripping with minutes of reseting. It is for 3 washrooms & hallway & is 30 years old .....does or can it loose its life span? What is the cost...


A circuit breaker can go bad, but usually not in the way that you describe. That's not to say that it can't happen, but just not typical. GTE Sylvania breakers were once popular - I installed quite a few GTE / Sylvania electrical panels in homes in the late 80's. You may have trouble finding replacements; do not put an breaker that "fits" into the panel, unless the breaker is designed for use in the panel you have.

The first thing to do is determine the source of the problem. The breaker will trip, but not indicate if it was the result of a heavy electrical load or a ground fault condition. A 15 amp circuit breaker is designed to carry up to 12 amps continuously. The greater the load, the more quickly it will trip. it may carry a 14.5 amp load for several minutes to an hour before tripping, and a 20 amp load may be carried a second or two. GFI breakers are designed to carry 5 thousandths (.005) of an amp (or 5 milliamps) to ground, or the 12+ amps to neutral before they trip.

The way I would attack the problem is to install a new GFI outlet in front of the old wiring, by "inserting it" between the panel and the other plugs and lights, switches, etc on that circuit. The GFI outlet will provide the same GFI protection that the circuit breaker provided at a fraction of the cost.

Turn off the old GFI breaker, and remove it completely. Install a new, standard (non-GFI) single pole 15 amp circuit breaker in its place. Completely remove from the panel the cable that the old GFI breaker fed. Buy a new electrical outlet box (surface or flush mount as desired) that is large enough and deep enough for a GFI plug and 2 cables (if surface mount, use a 4" square deep box and appropriate cover - or if flush mounting use a deep plastic / fiber single gang box). It will be installed in a place close to the panel, but where the old cable will be able to reach inside. Bring the old cable removed from the panel into the new box. Run a new cable that has the same number and size wires from the panel into the new box, too. Connect the circuit neutral and circuit ground to the neutral and ground bars in the panel (they are probably the same bar) and the hot wire to the circuit breaker. make sure that the circuit breaker is OFF. Twist the two ground wires together and combine an 8 inch length of bare or green insulated wire with them in a wirenut.

Next, wire a new GFI plug in the new box. Connect the green wire from the wirenut to the green terminal of the GFI outlet.

Connect the plug's LINE terminals to the neutral and hot wires in the cable that you ran from the panel to the outlet box.

Now, connect the GFI plug's LOAD terminals to the neutral and hot wires in the cable that you removed from the panel and reinstalled into the new outlet box.

Secure the GFI outlet into the box and install the cover. Cover the electrical panel.

Power up and test. if the GFI trips, there's a ground fault in the circuit. If the circuit breaker trips, the circuit is overloaded.

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I bought a new GE 20 amp GFCI circuit breaker and installed it to a new outdoor curcuit with two separate outlets. everything seems to work fine - polarities ok etc. connnected the white gfci line to the...


You can buy an inexpensive GFCI tester for as little as $10-$12. A better one with several mv settings will cost you a bit more. This way you can test this circuit and even GFCI receptacles. Then you'll know for sure if your breaker is working.

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I have a 15 amp air conditioner, with afci plug on a dedicated line, on a 20 amp breaker. Why does it nuisance trip, and not allow me to reset it, is it because of the 20 amp breaker? DRJ


It's definitely not related to the 20 Amp breaker. You do mean GFCI, right? The kind built into the end of the cord on the air conditioner, right? The GFCI is either detecting a ground fault (which means it's doing it's job and there is something wrong with the cord or the unit) or you have a bad GFCI. If the GFCI is in the wall receptacle, that could be a different story.

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I replaced the light fixtures in 3 bathrooms that are all on the same connection and now when I turn one of the lights on it trips the gfci breaker.


You have a ground fault on one of them. Disconnect the fixtures one at a time until the rcd (gfci) does not trip. then replace or repair the bad one.

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GFCI on refrigerator circuit cuts off.


Yes. Refrigerators should not be on gfci protected circuits. They should have a dedicated 120v circuit .If your kitchen is new enough to be wired with gfci breakers ,it should also have an outlet dedicated for the refrigerator.

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I NEED A CIRCUIT BREAKER IT HAS GTE SYLVANIA, ON IT WITH #8-176 CLASS A, HRGF. E 51616, R 10,000 A 120 VAC 60 N 2 CTL. PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ME LOCATE ONE OF THESE?


There are companies that specialize in used / obsolete electrical distribution equipment. Larger areas may also have "brick and mortar" stores to shop. If no such store exists near you, try googling "used GTE cicuit breaker" When I did I got a bunch of results including this one:

http://www.allbreakers.com/Products/

I hope this helps!

Oct 27, 2009 | Sylvania Circuit Breaker

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I need a new 15 amp breaker and can not find Sylvania


Since Sylvania changed to Chanllenger later own, there are only a few options, " hope depo" may have a replacement breakers, but Cutler Hammer "BR" style should work. If they won't fit i would call the oldest electrician in town and see if he has a few in the van!

Apr 03, 2009 | Sylvania Electrical Supplies

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