Vehicle Outlet Keeps Tripping

I live in senior housing, 55 and older. I have an assigned post for my vehicle. When I plug it in the breaker trips. So I move to another plugin and that works for a couple days, then when I plug in again it pops the breaker again. Maintenance keeps telling me it's my car, but if I go to a friend's and plug in there are no problems. I just have problems at the senior housing. Why does this happen?

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November 28, 20110 found this helpful
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Your car shouldn't be tripping the breaker at your home if it's not tripping the breakers elsewhere. Do any of your neighbours have the same problem?

The maintenance guy could be dangerously wrong; I say dangerously because the electrical problem needs to be looked at and resolved before it causes a fire.

The draw from your car (and anyone else') is overloading a circuit not up to the work of recharging your vehicle. But if you are plugging into a circuit that is assigned to the purpose of recharging your vehicle, the complex is responsible for maintaining that outlet in a safe and satisfactory condition to accomplish the recharging.

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For the maintenance guy to say it's your vehicle sounds as though he doesn't want to be bothered.

You should check your agreement to see if you have any recourse to the services of a licensed electrician to check the electrical system you are plugging into, and to whom you can lodge a request for further investigation of the electrical system. Be sure that your vehicle is checked by the dealer or a licensed mechanic certified to work on your model to be sure it really isn't your car, first:)

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November 24, 20110 found this helpful

I suspect the sockets need to be replaced. One easy way to double check is to ask someone else to plug in to your socket and see if the breaker trips.

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Do you have an interior car warmer or something else like that plugged in as well as your block heater? This may be overloading the circuit on the post that may be able to only handle a block heater.

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You could also mention this to your mechanic when you go for an oil change, and have him make sure that there is nothing wrong with the wiring to your block heater. In my experience, this is seldom the problem, but you never know.

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