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My circuit beaker keeps tripping on my dishwasher, garbage disposal, and light above sink. I changed the breaker and light switches and it still won't turn on help?
By Ann from Greenville, SC
You should really buy a continuity tester.Just a starting point.
1. Make sure power is off at each item with a volt meter before working on them.
2. Disconnect each appliance completely from the circuit.
3. Then check first for continuity from the black wire to the green wire/frame of the appliance. If you have continuity to ground from the black of an appliance that's your puppy.
If you don't no how to use a tester, I would say this job is not for you and you should call a pro.
The circuit breaker for my dishwasher at my cabin keeps flipping off. The dishwasher is 10 years old and I thought maybe I needed a new dishwasher, but I am not sure. The circuit breaker was flipped back on and then it flipped off again over the next several days even without running the dishwasher. I do not think anything else is on the circuit and this only started happening in the last 2 months. When I was up there last I ran the dishwasher three times and there was no problem at all.
Do I need to have an electrician look at the circuit or do you think I really do need a new dishwasher? Thanks for any advice. I would hate to replace the dishwasher only to find out the problem has not been solved. The dishwasher works great.
If the breaker is tripping without running the dishwasher, then you need to look external to the dishwasher. An electrician could fix this for you.
Dishwasher End of Cable:
The electrical connection under the dishwasher could be seeing water and tripping the breaker. If this is the case, stopping the leak and drying it out will take care of your problem
Middle of Cable:
If the cable is bad in the middle, it is because something is damaging it. Possibly a varmint (racoon, rat , mouse, squirrel) has been chewing on the cable or the cable is run poorly - through a pinch point.
Breaker End of Cable:
This is the low probability end. A problem here would probably effect more than just the dishwasher.
I have a dishwasher breaker problem. My dishwasher was replaced with a new unit because the old unit would trip the breaker. The new dishwasher is on a designated 20 amp circuit. The new washer would also would trip the breaker after about two minutes.
The name plate indicates the washer draws 1.5 amps. My clamp-on indicates 1.2 amps. I tried a 30 amp breaker just for a test and it also tripped. I disconnected both ends of the feed wire and checked for any shorts with a ohm meter. I found no shorts between black wire, white wire, and ground wire.
As a last resort I ran a romex cable directly from the dish washer to the main panel and hooked it up to the 20 amp. breaker. The washer ran a full cycle with no problem. I'm flabbergasted. Were could the temp short be?
With the ohm meter hooked between all three wires separately I tugged and wiggled the wire were the romex went through the clamps, but no short showed up. If there was a nail short it didn't indicate on the ohm meter?