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Why does my disposal kick the breaker off everytime I turn the switch on Not a circuit overload doesn't seem to be a short circuit?

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There may be other things on that line. Is the disposal motor free?

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Cuicut breaker keep failing


It would seem you have a short in the wiring in that circuit, or occasionally a breaker will fail and need to be replaced. Another thing that could cause it is if the circuit breaker is overloaded, ie. too much electical things plugged in on it. If the combined amperage of things plugged into that circuit is more than the breaker is rated for it will trip. Example, having a garbage disposal and a microwave plugged into a 20 amp breaker. It may work a little while with both running but then it gets hot and trips.

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Breaker keeps tripping when water pressure switch kicks in


I don't know what the pressure switch operates, but I suspect when the pressure switch is actuated, it turns on a pump or a similar load. The breaker is reacting to the load after the pressure switch - not the the pressure switch itself. The switch doesn't make use of electricity - rather it stops the the flow of it, or sends it to something that makes either heat, light or magnetism (as in a motor).

Look at the load that is supposed to start or shut off when the pressure switch "kicks in" There is likely a problem with it - anything from a jammed pump, shorted winding in the motor, water in the motor, crushed / shorted wire, etc.

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Garbage disposal


My checklist for garbage disposals:
(1) most disposals have a little red RESET switch on the bottom. Once the impeller will turn manually, press the reset button, and you may get back full operation.


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(2) 120 Volt wall switch may have burned out. They're only rated for 100,000 operations before they burn out.
(3) If the impeller is difficult to turn, you may try to use an "flywheel wrench", which is just an offset Allen wrench that fits into the bottom of the motor, and can be used to turn the flywheel manually, freeing the impeller and allowing the reset to work.
(4) The circuit breaker in the breaker panel in the basement may have tripped, cutting power to the switch controlling the garbage disposal. If tripped, turn off the switch to the disposal and reset the breaker.
(5) Disposal motor may have died.

This How-To seems like a nice one:
http://homerepair.about.com/od/plumbingrepair/ss/fix_disposal.htm

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The breaker itself does not seem to trip completely. The power will go off to the lights and outlets on the circuit for the breaker. When attempting to reset, the breaker is not in off position, but when...


It is a clear case of metal contacts getting heated/melted/burn out due to overload/short-circuit inside. Please get the circuit breakers replaced with a new one to avoid fire hazard.

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Everytime my central air unit kicks on my circuit breaker trips. It didn't do this last year or even earlier this year


A circuit breaker 'tripping' everytime the AC unit kicks on 'most always' indicates a direct short (somewhere in the condensing unit), although it is possible that the breaker itself is bad - (but not likely).

Usually the cause of this 'short' will be - either the condenser motor in the condensing unit (outside unit) or the compressor - also in the condensing unit.

If you're mechanically inclined - and "very careful" around electricity - there is a fairly simple way to find out which component is causing the short.

Step 1 - Make sure the condensing unit (outside unit) is completely disconnected (electrically) , i.e. pull the fuses/turn off circuit breaker on outside unit and turn off thermostat.

Step 2 - disconnect the condenser motor (this is the outside fan motor). Note: when you disconnect the wires of the condenser motor "be sure" you mark/write their location, and wrap them in electric tape.

Step 3 - start the AC unit. If the breaker trips again you can pretty much rest assured it's the compressor that is shorted.

To prove it (without a doubt) - go to next step.

Step 4 - "be sure circuit breaker and thermostat is turned off" - and - 'reconnect' the condenser motor - and - then disconnect the compressor wires (mark wires and tape them).

Step 5 - Start AC.

If breaker doesn't trip - you know it's the compressor that is shorted.

If breaker 'does' trip again - then it's possible the breaker itself is bad (not likely) or there is a 'short' in the condensing unit's "wiring" somewhere (not likely).

My guess is that either the condenser motor or compressor is shorted.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!

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When I insert the cover control stopper and turn, I can feel that the magnetic pull but the unit fails to start. Please help.


Make sure that the disposal is plugged all the way in the receptacle. Make sure there is not a circuit breaker tripped in your Breaker Box. There is usually an overload button on the disposal. Try to find it and press it. If the disposal has something in it that keeps it from turning the overload will pop out. If, when you turn it on again, it sounds like it wants to start but doesn't and the overload pops out again, then UNPLUG the disposer and try to get whatever is in it out of it. Then plug it back in and try it again. Best of Luck

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Electrcial circuit shorted by water; how do I find and fix it?


try cranking the disposer with the handle provided and just get the disposer moving,make sure the power is off when you do this. reset the breaker and the motor overload switch located at the bottom of the disposer, return power to unit and see if that solves your problem.
shut off power to that circuit and remove the outlet, replace outlet with a gfci outlet and install a waterproof cover. reset breaker and good luck

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Have a hampton bay 24000 BTU AC. Smelled burnig behind control panal. Opened it up found what seems to be an overload switch burnt through.. Leads go to capacitor terminal C & Herm. I changed the...


I checked wiring on my other 17,000 BTU Hampton bay AC & noted there was no overload switch wired into capacitor. So i just removed the burnt out overload switch which was causing a ground & blowing breaker. I noted it was not wired in between the compressor circuit but just attached to the compressor terminal & common terminal on capacitor. I guess it is a sacrafise type device that saves the compressor from burning out on overload. Anyway The AC worked fine with the burnt overload switch removed. It has been runnning 2 days now with no problems. I however did replace the capacitor with a new one. You can use either an oval or round capacitor as there is ample room. Just make sure your cap. values match old one. I will probable try & purchase a new overload switch if possable & install it at a later date, for the extra protection.
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Ruud heat pump outside unit trips circuit breaker


Check your wiring between the contactor and compressor for a short to ground, or check the compressor windings for short to ground.
With the Tstat off, the contactor should be open so the only way for the compressor to be trying to do anything is if the 110 volts from the unbroken side are traveling through the compressor to ground. Since 110v is not enough to run it, the overload is kicking it out, cooling off, and repeating the cycle. When you kick on the Tstat, the contactor is supplying voltage directly to ground without going through the resistence of the compressor windings and kicking the breaker.
Post back and let me know what you find.

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