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NO POWER, POPPED CIRCUIT

THE LAST TIME THE MICROWAVE WAS USED (EARLIER IN THE DAY), IT WORKED FINE. THEN I WENT TO USE IT AND NO POWER. I CHECKED THE BREAKER AND IT WAS POPPED, SO I RESET IT. STILL NO POWER AND THE CIRCUIT POPPED AGAIN. I UNPLUGGED IT AND RESET THE CIRCUIT AND PLUGGED SOMETHING ELSE IN TO VERIFY THE PLUG WORKED. WHIRLPOOL GH6177XPS-0 1800 WATTS, ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF OLD.

I CALLED AND THEY WANT A $75 TRIP CHARGE WITH NO GUARANTEES TO COME LOOK. ANY IDEAS?

THANKS!

WILL

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1. Try plugging the MW into a normal wall outlet, if it trips then carry it to the repair shop for free analysis & perhaps manufacturer covered repairs
2. Try plugging a table lamp into the MW circuit, then a hair dryer set to different speeds.
3. Try to plug in night lights/etc. into outlets nearby, even if on other side of wall, then trip breaker to see what goes off.
4. Try to remember what new items might be on this "dedicated" circuit and plug them in elsewhere.
The answers to all this will really save you money in diagnostics charged by either repair shop or electrician home call. New houses don't mean ideal electricians - some run GFI circuits all over the place!

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If it pop when you plug it in you have a short in the power cord or control. you can ohm out the cord to check it ..I can also help you with the control...

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

Thanks for the input, but it's a brand new house and it has it's own circuit. The microwave came with the house from the builder so i'm sure it's rated correctly. It pops the circuit when it's plugged in, i can't even get the chance to start the microwave. Do you think it's worth looking at and fixing or just buy a new one?

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Two possible causes.

First (and most likely) the circuit is being overloaded. This kitchen circuit may be shared with another appliance (like the refrigerator) which is drawing enough power when both are running to trip the breaker. A Typical kitchen circuit is 20 amp with #12 wiring. So an 1800 watt microwave might draw 13 or 14 amps while a fridge compressor kicking in can surpass 7 amps before it levels off. If this is an older home the kitchen may have a 15 amp circuit with #14 wiring. If the circuit is a 20 amp you will have to split the appliances onto separate circuits. (Under code a kitchen must have a minimum of 2 separate appliance circuits). If it is a 15 amp you might be able to split them as well or may be looking up upgrading the breaker and the wiring from 15amp #14 to 20 amp #12 (but you could still have the same problem).

The other possibility is a short or loose connection. If splitting appliances onto their own circuits doesn't fix this you would probably want an electrician to come in and check for other underlying causes which could represent a fire hazard.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 01, 2008

  • Dave Hart Apr 04, 2008

    It would **** to buy another microwave and still have the same problem.



    You might first try running an extension and plug the microwave into another circuit. That will tell you if it's the microwave which is tripping the breaker, or something on the original circuit which is causing the problem. If it's the former repair or replace the microwave, in case of the latter you'll probably want a qualified electrician to look at the circuit in question.



    Best of luck.



    BD

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