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Circuit breaker problem

I have a pool pump running off a Challenger brand HAGF15 double pole breaker. while trying to turn the pump off by flipping the breaker I inadvertently also pushed the test button. The breaker will not reset now. What to do?

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If you turned the breaker to the left to turn off you must turn the breaker all the way to the right to reset it same as if you turned to the right you must turn to the left all the way to reset which ever way you turned the breaker off you need to follow thru the process in order to reset that breaker breakers are spring loaded flip it completly off than on

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

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    that is correct

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