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Curcuit breaker goes off at reset

My 20 amp circuit breaker clicks off the moment i try to reset it..its for out pool and is the only out that the breaker is used for..I shut it off when we took down our pool in Sept and it hasnt been used since, its only 2 years old...Joe

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Have you switched off all switches at the pool filter or anywhere else that breaker supplies downstream? That needs to be done before you reset the breaker... Then you turn on each appliance (if more than one) in order and check which is tripping the breaker... That appliance is faulty and needs to be fixed... If everything is off downstream of the breaker and it keeps tripping itself, I would get an electrician to look at it as it could be very dangerous to investigate further yourself. You could try another breaker switch, but be sure that the mains power to your premises is switched off to isolate the breaker box before you remove any breakers.

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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

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