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Keeps tripping breaker after using for an hour or so. I have already replaced gfi and breaker. Advice please.


Usually when a breaker trips it is either loose wire or the what ever is running uses too much current or is failing.

Mar 20, 2015 | Electrical Supplies

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On a 63 amp three phase circuit breaker. is that 63 amps per pase or total over the three phases.


Total amp rating of breaker.
Total amp draw across all three hot wires.
If one leg is weak or gets hot enough to exceed heat rating of breaker, the breaker will trip all 3 poles.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-3-phase-electric.html#panel
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Mar 16, 2013 | Electrical Supplies

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No lights upstaires circuit breaker keeps tripping


Jan 2013
1) Move wire to another same-size circuit breaker to eliminate bad circuit breaker as suspect.
Do NOT increase size of breaker or it will cause fire.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-household-electricity.html

2) Put hand on each appliance and outlet to see which ones are warm. Outlet should never be warm or hot. Replace outlet. Inspect wires for loose and burned connections.

3) If the breaker is good, then add up total watts being used by checking watt rating on each device. 100 watt light bulb is 100 watts. Big screen TV has a label that shows 300 to 500 watts. Computer has label. Space heater has label showing 1500 watts. Iron has a watt rating label. Take total watts and divide by 110Volts and this will give amp load. Total watts used = 2000 and then divide 2000 by 110 volts = 18.8 amps
Compare amp load with circuit breaker.
20 amp circuit breaker has 80% safe maximum, or 16 amps.
If amp load is 18.8 amps, then 20 amp breaker is starting to get hot, and weak breaker will start tripping.
If amp load is 18.8 amps, and breaker is 15 amps, then you are overloaded and breaker is feeling the heat, and tripping because of heat.
Solution is to reduce amp load.

4) If you have short circuit, that can also trip breaker.
Unplug everything and then plug things back in slowly to see which plug or appliance is causing the problem.

Jan 18, 2013 | Electrical Supplies

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Breaker trips after bout 5 minutes


Breakers trip because of heat.
When heat from wire exceeds breaker rating, it trips.
Something is causing heat on the wire, wire is too small for the amp draw, there is short circuit, or breaker is bad.
Replace breaker and/or test wire.

Put amp-meter on wire and read amp draw through wire.
Amps cause heat. That's why high voltage lines from power station are high-volt-low-amp so there is no heat loss with long distance transmission, until transformer at home converts electricity to lower volts and high working amps with enough power to run electrical devices.
Same is true for AC and DC circuits.
If amp reading on wire exceeds rating on breaker for length of time, then breaker will trip.
The fact that the breaker lets current (amps) to flow for a period of time before tripping is because the breaker is probably rated for slow-acting, or it takes a while for amp draw to heat the wire.

Following image shows amp-meter that clips over wire to get amp reading.
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Powerstar 115 tankless tripping reset ontop of #2 heat chamber #1 does not get overly warm mainly because of incoming water temp. but #2 seems to be heating after water flow stops to hot to touch and...


I don't have specific suggestion for tankless tripping breaker or if that is a circuit breaker problem or a tankless problem.

1) Move wires to another same-size breaker and see if problem persists.

2) Compare amp draw on tankless label with wire size and breaker size amp rating.
For example 30 amp breaker using 10ga wire is rated for 80% of listed amps or 24 amps.

3) If you are drawing full 30 amps, then 30 amp breaker is getting hot. Breaker trips with heat. Older breakers can trip more easily.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

4) Before calling service technician, open following link for Bosch troubleshooting steps.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Bosch-Tankless-water-heater.html

5) Be sure to read manual for yearly maintenance requirements.

6) Add a tempering tank for incoming cold water problem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Tempering-tank.html

7) All gas tankless brands can be repaired by homeowner for $330.
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Why is my main breaker switch getting hot tot he touch?


Sounds like you're pulling to much current (amps), thats whats causing it to heat up. If its too hot to hold your hand to you have a serious prolem!! The breaker should be tripping and if its not it can cause damage to the insulation on the wire, and could cause a fire or other problems... You can get a clamp on amp meter to check the amperage or call an eletrician ASAP

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Can tree limbs touching/rubbing against the wires coming from the utility pole cause the 100 Amp Main circuit breaker to trip????


yes,if it has worn the insulation through on one or more of the hot phase conductors to the neutral phase wire,but also check the neutral busbar in the breaker panel for a high resistance connection as this will also trip the main breaker

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The breaker is getting hot and then tripping. There were some loose wires that were tightened but it is still tripping. The breaker is brand new. It is a main panel breaker on a utility vessel.


Loose connection does cause heat, and the heat may have damaged the breaker. You must use an ammeter to check the amperage drawn on the circuit. If the amperage is well below the breaker rating, then replace the breaker

Aug 14, 2009 | Your One Source 100 Amp Main Breaker

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200 amp trips


So one leg of your 220 was hot to the touch. If this wire is coming from your meter and going into the top of the main breaker. Be careful, it is hot and there is nothing you can do to kill the power from it. I would suggest getting a qualified electrician with the proper tools to see if the lug is loose on the breaker. If the wire is not tight in the lug that will produce heat.

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