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The coffee system keeps kicking out GFI

The coffee system keeps kicking out the ground fault plug in. Where should I look for a short?


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    Mike Price May 11, 2010

    is this a commercial brewer? if so you might want to check the heater.

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Try another wall socket, most pots use 1.000 vts. Good luck. bobbyone

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Keeps triping the GIF breaker where do i start?


When you plug in the brewers in to a GFI (Ground fault interrupter) outlet. Anything inside the brewer that gets wet/grounded (inside the machine) causes this problem.

You have to unplug the brewer and open it to look for a grounded/burned or wet wire.

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Refrigerator has electrical short causing GCI outlet breaker to pop. Is this an easy or cost prohibitive fix?


It is possible you have a short. However, the more likely cause is the simple fact the refrigerator is plugged into the GFI outlet. Try this first, take a heavy duty three prong extension cord, NOT a lamp extension cord, plug it into a non GFI outlet, and plug the fridge into the cord. Does it trip your house circuit breaker? If so, then you do have a short. You will need to call a local refrigerator repair company to find the source of the short, and only then will you know if its an easy or cost prohibitive fix. If it does not, and it likely wont, the problem is that a GFI outlet detects a fault to ground. Due to the humidity and moisture inside a refrigerator, and normal water drainage sometimes into the metal base of the refrigerator, it is not uncommon for water to contact metal points inside and outside a refrigerator. Since all / most metal points on a refrigerator are grounded to each other, if water contacts any of them, they can and will trip a GFI outlet breaker, because it is detecting a fault to ground.

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WAS ACID WASHING POOL...LITTLE GIANT PUMP MODEL 8E-CIA-RFS STOPPED PUMPING...TRIPS GFI WHEN PLUGGED INTO OUTLET...TOOK OFF TOP OF UNIT...CAN SEE NO SIGNS OF SHORTING OUT...


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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Our Keurig keeps kicking off the GFI outlet when turned on. Worked fine yesterday. When the outlet is reset I can hear a click insied the machine. Any help would be great. Thank You Kevin McShera


This is not an exact science. The GFI is trying to trip when it thinks you have a dangerous short. But a powerful device will require a surge when it starts up that is always pretty close to what appears to be a dangerous short. You could switch the GFI out with one rated higher, like 20 amps instead of 15 amps. It would be harder to tell if the Keurig is drawing excessively, because it would only be a transient, for a fraction of a second. You would almost need an oscilloscope to tell what it was doing accurately.
My advice would be to try a surge protector, such as:
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The idea being that a surge protector has capacitors in it, to slow down or clip rapid current flow or voltage build up. Which should reduce any eroneous tripping. Basically this one is a plug in version of what you have in the wall, but higher quality and easier to install.

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Machine short


Two possibilities:

There is leakage in the internal wiring to the safety ground OR the unit is generating a transient current in the ground that trips the GFI. This is NOT uncommon for some motor driven appliances.

AS A test, put a ground isolator (3 wire to 2 wire plug adapter) on the cord before plugging in.

IF that seems to prevent the trips, then use an OHMMETER to test the resistance from each of the power wires to the Ground pin. It should be near infinite resistance. IF NOT, then there is leakage in the unit, PROBABLY contamination that is causing the electrical leakage current and the unit should be serviced.

Should the ground isolator appear to fix the problem, this means that this device CANNOT be operated from that type GFI due to transients it creates. You can try a new GFI that might be less sensitive OR put a line filter in the power cord.

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This is a serious situation. It means there is a short circuit somewhere. You need to have a certified technician or electronics person look into it.

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Warming plate trips GFI.


Well, it's still a short to ground. But sounds like it's not simple. Needs to go to the shop, unless you want to try your hand at it.

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Bunn coffee maker triggers GFI


Usually this happens when there is an electrical problem with the brewer. If you will call 800-352-2866 with the model and code date from your brewer, we will be happy to assist you with this issue.

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GFI


Hello Joesal,
A GFI receptacle senses and imbalance between the hot ( line voltage) feed and ground. There should be no current sensed on the ground. This protection feature will disable the line voltage in milliseconds if it sense current passing thru to ground. The intent is to sense current flow to ground and in the event that you are that path ( meaning current is flowing thru you as a ground)..it disables that line voltage in milliseconds to keep you from being electrocuted. You have either a bad GFI receptacle or there is leakage current getting thru to ground. In either case, its a good idea to determine which is the problem.. I suggest you try your coffee maker on another GFI receptacle in your home ( perhaps in the bathroom or basement) to verify the coffee maker isn't malfunctioning. If it is,, then you may want to discard it or if you are elecrically handy, repair it,... Do not compromise you or your familys safety with these things.. Be careful and good luck..
In addition,if you do run the coffee maker off an extension cord, make sure it is properly sized for the current that your coffee maker requires.. I wouldn't use any extension cord less than 14 gauge ( #14 )
Good Luck..

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