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Tripping Circuit Breaker

My smoker trips the 20 amp breaker when I plug the electric connection into the glow bar burner. What can I do?

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Same problem I have. I think the element or thermostat is gone. You will have to replace them. Here are the part numbers repectively:

4501649
4160214

Posted on Jul 05, 2008

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