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Brew n Wave 721.63992301 Plug it in and it trips the GFI. Tried another kitchen plug on different circuit, also trips GFI. Both cases it does not trip the breakers. Go to regular plug (no GFI) and the appliance works. Any suggestions as to why tripping GFI's? Must be overloading at lower amperage then the breakers.

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It is leaking to earth due to spilliage on the connections I expect.
It is not safe to use in that condition.

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Started tripping the GFI outlet. Outley appears to functioning correctly after re-set, but the microwave keeps tripping it when I plug it back in


HI Joe
Couple of things to consider here.
  1. There may be a GFI plug there at the microwave, but it can get tripped by current leakage on other parts of the circuit. If there are other things plugged into the circuit (every outlet that's on the same panel breaker), it's possible any of them could be causing the tripping. Unplug anything else on the circuit, then plug things back in one by one to see if there's something that may make it pop.
  2. The reset switch in a GFI plug is mechanical. If it's been tripped a few times, it may be worn or not fully reset. Electrical guides usually suggest testing / resetting GFI plugs monthly, both to make sure they work, and also to cycle the mechanical switch. If dust, toaster crumbs, or other stuff might have gotten into the mechanism, it might not be mechanically resetting properly. Try test/reset/test/reset a few times and see if any of the clicks start feeling more distinct.
  3. The trip can be legit. Hopefully not the microwave, but if there is a short in the line somewhere, you really want to track it down before it causes a fire. In some cases, even heavy dust on/in outlets can cause pseudo-shorts with some current trickling to ground. GFI switches will usually trigger with less than 5 mA of current drop, so it doesn't take much. Blow out the receptacle with canned air.
The switch or it's connections may be bad. Unplug the microwave and (no cutting corners here), turn off the breaker to the plug. Undo the faceplate and mounting screws and pull the plug away from the wall. Check that the wire connections to the plug are tight, and that the wire nuts connecting the plug to the wall lines are also firm and tight. Tighten if necessary. If you're still getting trouble after trying this all, Consider replacing the outlet and seeing if that helps.

Hoping this helps!
D

Dec 07, 2015 | In Microwave Ovens

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Microwave clock and panel was lit in am wasn't used but in evening when went to use it isn't lit and won't work at all


Hello Anonymous

At the risk of starting with the very basics, when you say that the clock and panel aren't lit and wont' work at all, the first place to look is the wall power. You may be missing power from the wall because:
  1. The microwave isn't plugged in. Someone may have yanked a plug to plug in a mixer, phone charger, thanksgiving animated ornament, or what have you. Trace the cord back and make sure it's plugged in.
  2. Make sure the outlet has power. Take some plug-in-able item and plug to the outlet and see if it can turn on. If not:
  1. A number of kitchen outlets may have GFI switches, especially if they are anywhere near sinks. The GFI may have been tripped. There should be a reset switch in the middle of the plug. See if it's tripped, and reset if necessary.
  2. The breaker may have been tripped. Most kitchen circuits are wired to 20Amp breakers. If this is elsewhere in the house, like in an entertainment room or such, it is likely a 15 Amp outlet. Microwaves can draw a fair amount of power. Someone using another kitchen appliance, hair dryer, or what have you, on the same circuit, may have tripped the breaker. Newer code may specify an AFI or GFI breaker for kitchen outlets. In that case, a fault with something else on the circuit may have tripped the breaker. If that is the case, and it trips again, talk to an electrician. You don't want a fault like that undiagnosed.

    3) You may also want to try plugging the microwave into another outlet, even if the normal outlet seems OK

    If there's wall power and a good plug-in, then you work back to the microwave itself. A number will have fuses. Also, there may be interlocks that kick in if, for instance, the carousel rotation is impeded - that can mean something on the carousel is hitting a wall, which can risk tipping something over and spilling, or risk mucking up the reduction gears for the carousel axle if it keeps pushing.

    At that point, looking for specifics on your microwave model will be needed. You may also try the Microsoft Support approach - i.e unplug it for 5 minutes, then plug it back in and see if it works.

    Hoping this helps, Good Luck!

Nov 18, 2015 | In Microwave Ovens

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No power.how to fix it.


check the GFI breaker in your kitchen or bathroom. It could have tripped. Plug a light in the socket to test it.

Mar 05, 2012 | Microwave Ovens

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Microwave Circuit trips First: It began after some watery contents spilled out while microwaving from being turned on for a very long time (the most ever) overheating. It spilled over and some seeped out...


The outlet with the red button is a GFI (ground fault interrupter) type. It may have been damaged when the microwave overheated. If so, it may trip when loaded.

You should do a full two minute heat test with a cup of water with the oven plugged into the standard type outlet that you tried second.

If it works fine, then i would suspect that the GFI outlet has failed and needs to be replaced. "When in doubt, throw it out", as they say.

The microwave does not need a GFI type outlet.

But do be sure the microwave's internal cooling fan is running properly.

When I say internal cooling fan, I do not mean the hood vent exhaust fan which you can turn on and off manually.

I'm instead talking about the internal fan which comes on automatically whenever you microwave.

It is vital that the cooling fan runs, or the magnetron will soon be destroyed.

We have a sound clip of what a microwave should sound like when the cooling fan and high voltage section are working.

If the turntable and/or inside light do not work when you cook, that's a bad sign, too.

If the microwave still fails in the standard outlet, it has a problem that needs to be addressed.

If you need further help, contact me directly or post a new detailed help request here and include your full model number from the tag on the oven.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

May 24, 2011 | GE JVM1440 Microwave Oven

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Cant plug in microwave. Everytime i do it trips GFI outlet. Same story for all outlets in kitchen. Plug in anything else and it works fine.


Hi
It sounds there is current leakage within the oven, causing your safety switch to trip.
It would be best to have a professional check your oven.
Isaac

Jan 30, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

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The microwave unexpectedly turns off at random times during cooking. The clock face and everything dies. It is then a random amount of time (5-30) minutes before it comses back. It is not the circuit...


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I have the Kenmoore Microwave Hood 721.80402. During this last wave of storms, I was without power for 2 days. Once the power was restored, the microwave will not work. Everything is plugged in and the...


You might try pulling the plug on the unit and leaving it overnight. The electronics may have locked up due to irregular voltage during the failure. There may also be a GFI (ground fault interrupter) on that circuit that has tripped for the same reason. Check the kitchen outlets for a tripped GFI.

Feb 14, 2010 | Kenmore 62622 Microwave Oven

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Loss of power to Whirlpool over the stove AccuWave GH5184XPS-4. Checked circuit breaker and GFI -all OK. No other electrical problems known.


Remove unit and check trip/reset switch on unit. Double check GFCI receptacle with plug tester with GFCI test button.

Jan 12, 2010 | Whirlpool GH5184XPQ Microwave Oven

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NO POWER, POPPED CIRCUIT


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.

Apr 01, 2008 | Whirlpool GH6177XP Microwave Oven

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Breaker tripping


Make sure it is plugged into a 20 amp circuit. If it is in a kitchen it should be a 20amp breaker if it trips a 20 amp breaker it needs to be replaced. If it is a new house and you plug it in in the kitchen and it trips a 15 amp breaker then the house does not meet code. ref Article 210.52(B)(1) NEC

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