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Circuit breaker trips out when all lights on the circuit are off.

The circuit trips out after being on for a period of time with lighting on or it trips out overnight when all lights are off. Have replace the circuit breaker but still same problem.

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  • kevwest Feb 08, 2010

    Was electricians suggestion.

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Hi,
You have a dangerous situation there. If the breaker is tripping like that and espec. if you have no load on it then there is an intermittent short that is happening in the circuit somewhere. The hot wire is shoeting to the neutral or ground wires at some time... This will cause a fire if you leave it and do not find the cause. The best fix would be to rewire the whole circuit if you can not find the cause of the short. To identify the short look for a black spot in the wiring some wher. the arc from the short will cause a burn mark when it happens..
Good luck and be careful!!

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    D. Floyd Kolb Feb 08, 2010

    Please get a professional to look at your wiring... It is impossible for someone at a keyboard miles away to get you to the cause of your problem. That will need to be done hands on.



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No No NO.... One NEVER EVER just replaces the Breaker. As any sort of FIX. You MUST Always find the CAUSE, as you run the risk of FIRE, It may cause a fire at night... NOT GOOD. You MUST find the fault... PLEASE Get an Electrician. Your Life is worth more than a Circuit Breaker. I have been doing this for over 30 years now, I DO know what I am talking about.

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  • gregshuffiel Jan 07, 2011

    what if you added a couple of outlets.and something like the microwave will trip the breaker when the air window unit is on...could you go from 20 amp to a 30 amp if you can see that the circuit simply has too much draw

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try a new breaker, they do wear out over time

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120-volt wiring and components in the RV fr
om circuit overloads and short circuits.
Should a circuit overload or short circui
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affected circuit will "trip" preventing the flow of electricity through that circuit.
If a circuit breaker trips, shut "off"
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converter etc.) and allow the circuit breaker to cool down for a brief period of time.
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needed. Test by turning each circuit breaker "off" and back "on". Circuit breakers
are wearable parts and must be replaced
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when the shore power cord is connected to an external power source.
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