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Ground fault trips as soon as plug is inserted into socket even though the a/c unit is turned off.

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Plug something else in the outlet to make gfi is ok. if it is your short is before your switch. maybe cord..

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You have a short. It is either short to ground or short circuiting. Check the cord very carefully for breaks. Make sure the ground plug is in tacked. Also try a different outlet to make sure the problem is the tool.

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I assume you are talking about an electrical kitchen unit in a camper or trailer unit since you identify it as a Hotpoint (TM). Granted, it is my assumption, but I think it is valid.

From what you have said, I have to assume, also, that you are dealing with AC voltage not DC and it is standard 117 VAC.

Here are a couple of thoughts that I think are valid. First, look at the plug fiture itself. If it his a three-wire unit and has a reset button in the middle, I assume it is a ground-fault-isolater unit. GFI (ground fault isolator) units trip out, cutting the power flow. They are a safety feature (for further vehicle safety information, please visit Safecar infoCar safety Insurance Magazine ) in motorhomes, campers and trailers where it is possible for water to spill while you are using things like electrical kitchen equipment, posing a danger. GFI circuits cut out instantly a problem is found, ending the danger.

It is possible that the GFI plug, itself, is faulty and shorting out, causing the problem you note.

It is equally possible that the Hotpoint (TM) device itself is faulty and shorting out. It could easily cause circuit breakers to trip, cutting power, in this situation. This, it seems to me, is the problem you are describing. If you have any further information, please let me know here by placing a comment below.

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I have a new machine. It won't run on a ground fault plug. It will run on a regular grounded outlet. It is in a bathroom and the ground fault is required by code.

Hi Gary, It is possible that your ground fault plug is at fault itself. Sometimes the GFIB becomes weak and will trip off without there being a real problem. Some GFIB are rated at 15 amperes and some are rated at 20 amperes. I would recommend that you check it out and make sure that your GFIB is rated at 20 amperes and is new. Even though a GFIB might be rated at 20 amperes, the fault condition that allows the GFIB to trip is a very small amount of current detected between the safety ground...the round hole and the neutral (the larger vertical blade). The 'trigger' circuit is looking for any current flow between the safety ground wire and the neutral wire and that will probably be in the range of 100 milliamperes and above. FYI, refrigerators and washing machines do not like GFIB's

Bottom Line: You can make your washer operate on your GFIB plug by using a ground buster which is an adapter which you plug your washer power cord into the ground buster and the ground buster into the wall receptable. Please keep in mind that if you use a ground buster.....your washer will not have a safety ground. Hope this helps you! Handy Henry

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With a megger or a decent multimeter you should be able to check the cord and motor for grounds. It is tripping a GFI though so testing at this point is redundant. The bad news is that a grounded submersible pump motor is never worth fixing. A new unit is about $200 and even a cheap shop at $50/hr would take at least a couple of hours to disassemble, clean and re-insulate the winding. That assumes re-insulating it will fix the ground which is often not the case. In short, your best bet for a unit that is no longer covered under warranty is to replace it once the electrical system goes to ground.


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