Troubleshooting a Breaker that Keeps Tripping

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

February 9, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

It's time to call an electrician.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like a dead short somewhere and an electrician should look into it pronto. It could very well start a fire.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

Agreed on calling an electrician for help. Not worth risking an electrical fire! Chances are that the current breaker amps are not enough to run all those items and the amps need to be increased.

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January 22, 20110 found this helpful

When that happened to us a mouse had eaten into one of the wires on our stove so may very well be a short like others had mentioned.

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January 22, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like a job for an electrician. Better to err on the side of caution, than burn down your house. You did not say how old the house is. Mice can do some bad stuff too. Good luck to you.

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August 13, 20150 found this helpful

first of all the garbage disposal needs to be on a separate ckt. all these questions to do with breakers tripping are answerable by using a multi meter clamp on and checking the amp draw if it holds for a second then trips.if it instantly pops its a dead short.simple

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