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I have 1500 watt'5200 BTU Fire place cabinet heater. It's120VAC.60 Hz pulling12.5 Amps.I've plugged into 3 different wall outlets and all the outlets and plugs get super hot and kicks the breakers.

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Dead short in the wire or unit
have it check by an accredited electrician or repair shop

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  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2017

    have you got it plugged into the correct voltage outlets
    are you sure that the outlets are 120 v and not 240 v

  • Thomas Dunville
    Thomas Dunville Apr 18, 2017

    Yes I've got it plugged into a living room and dining room wall outlet. 120v and its a 120v heater.It's one of those omish heaters I bought at Home Depot.What kicks the breakers? The heat or the short.

  • Bill Boyd Apr 18, 2017

    the short or the insulation failure check the breaker amp setting as you have a current draw of 12.5 amps per unit so the breaker has to be at 15 amps
    if it is 15 amps and is still tripping get in an accredited electrician to test the circuit and the unit

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Total watt capacity of 15 amp breaker is recommended at 80% rated load = 12 amps

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