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    Breaker problem

    Hey my bps thermostat keeps getting shut off because my breaker keeps tripping. I知 at work right now kind of panicking. It happened 3 times last night. What should I do?


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    Re: Breaker problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy079 View Post
    Hey my bps thermostat keeps getting shut off because my breaker keeps tripping. I知 at work right now kind of panicking. It happened 3 times last night. What should I do?
    An unregulated heating source is worse than none at all. Turn your heating element off and call an electrician to get your breaker fixed.
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    Re: Breaker problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebody View Post
    An unregulated heating source is worse than none at all. Turn your heating element off and call an electrician to get your breaker fixed.
    Ok my house stays around 72 is that ok for her for now. And I知 at work until midnight think it値l be ok? Sorry just worried


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    Re: Breaker problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy079 View Post
    Ok my house stays around 72 is that ok for her for now. And I知 at work until midnight think it値l be ok? Sorry just worried
    Probably. Better too cold than too warm.
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    The tripping breaker won't cause the heat source to be stuck 'on', so there's no worry of an unregulated heat source.

    I'd recommend troubleshooting to see if the problem is in the breaker (relatively unlikely) or in the thermostat or some other device that is connected to the circuit before calling an electrician.

    It could be that the circuit is overloaded (likely cause). Simply adding up the draw of each device on the circuit, and then comparing that to the amp rating of the breaker, is one way to do this. Another would be to unplug something that draws a good amount of power and seeing if that stops the tripping.

    Plugging the thermostat into a different circuit would show if the problem is a fault in the thermostat (if it was, then this other circuit's breaker would trip). If that's the case, then replace the thermostat.

    In any event, replacing a breaker can be done without paying an electrician. It is only slightly more complicated than screwing in a light bulb.

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    Re: Breaker problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Malum Argenteum View Post
    ...It could be that the circuit is overloaded (likely cause).....
    I was thinking that too, but you explained it way better than I could-
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    Did you get it fixed yet? Try another receptacle to see if the problem is still there, you might have to try another room to use a different breaker (use extension cord). If the thermostat works on a different breaker read the rest. If not then the problem is probably the heat source or thermostat which you can test separately.

    There's a couple common things that trip breakers. Over loaded circuit like someone else said, bad breaker (actually pretty common), bad wire from rodents/corrosion or a loose connection. Or something else that's plugged into the circuit has a problem.

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    Re: Breaker problem

    Quote Originally Posted by SquirmyPug View Post
    Did you get it fixed yet? Try another receptacle to see if the problem is still there, you might have to try another room to use a different breaker (use extension cord). If the thermostat works on a different breaker read the rest. If not then the problem is probably the heat source or thermostat which you can test separately.

    There's a couple common things that trip breakers. Over loaded circuit like someone else said, bad breaker (actually pretty common), bad wire from rodents/corrosion or a loose connection. Or something else that's plugged into the circuit has a problem.
    Yeah I just put her in my bedroom. Thanks for the help.


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