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Smoker keeps tripping breaker and won't come on

My smoker got wet and now when I try to use it it trips the breaker, can I fix this problem?

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GFCI breaker tend to wearout and become more sensitive after time and use. Motor loads are especially hard on them. Also resistance loads such as heating elements. Your smoker may be pulling a bit more electric than it used too.
Check the power draw of the smoker when operating, if it is high then fuigure out why. It it is normal then replace the braker. Use a regular breaker if the GFCI is not required, or run a cord from an outlet that is not on a GFCI breaker.

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Posted on Jan 24, 2010

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