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Something strange - bad breaker


This morning my DW opened the reefer door, the light blinked a couple times then all went black on it as well as the nuker (same circuit). Breaker hadn't tripped, no tripped GFCI in that circuit. WTH!!! Ran extension cords to both appliances - both work just fine. Pulled the existing ITE breaker and replaced it with a spare GE 20amp - everything now works fine. Bench tested the breaker, at least continuity wise, and it seems fine. Not a big deal at about $5-$6, but this breaker is 'only' 42 years old, never tripped since we've owned the house and have just never had a breaker fail this way. The only thing I can think of is when the generator switch was installed to this circuit something inside got screwgeed around and it's an intermittent problem, but now gone with the new breaker.



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dave i mite be wrong but i allways run a dedicated circut for the frige. nothin else on it.a microwave can put it in a bind with other things on the same breaker. just my thoughts.

-- Edited by geezer69 on Sunday 25th of November 2012 11:04:40 AM

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geezer69 wrote:

dave i mite be wrong but i allways run a dedicated circut for the frige. nothin else on it.a microwave can put it in a bind with other things on the same breaker. just my thoughts.

-- Edited by geezer69 on Sunday 25th of November 2012 11:04:40 AM


 If I had wired the house, would do the same, but that's an original 12ga(the older and a bit heavier wire), 20 amp circuit and has maybe a 15 amp draw at the worst and a breaker that failed after 42 years - not gonna worry at this pointbiggrin



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42 years is a purdy good run for most things in or on a house.id say it did its job long enough. heck ,that the workin life of most people.

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Breakers do fail from old age, sometimes.  Remember, a circuit breaker is basically a thermal device, a bi-metal mechanism with a few springs involved; broken or weak springs often cause the problem you had.  If the problem rears it's head again, I would start looking for a loose or broken wire or connection somewhere in the circuit.



-- Edited by Rrumbler on Sunday 25th of November 2012 05:40:12 PM

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Rrumbler wrote:

Breakers do fail from old age, sometimes.  Remember, a circuit breaker is basically a thermal device, a bi-metal mechanism with a few springs involved; broken or weak springs often cause the problem you had.  If the problem rears it's head again, I would start looking for a loose or broken wire or connection somewhere in the circuit.



-- Edited by Rrumbler on Sunday 25th of November 2012 05:40:12 PM


 I have been told that they can unexpectedly fail, but the only ones so far I've seen are those that have tripped a bunch of times. GFCI's seem to 'crap out' much easier then actual CB's and they have gotten dam' expensive in the past couple of years, having had to replace a couple in my 5th wheel camper (Canadian Franglish stuff !!!)



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Dave W wrote:

This morning my DW opened the reefer door, the light blinked a couple times then all went black on it


 Dave, when I first started reading this thread my mind instantly went to that joke you posted on CHR about the refrigerator light and the OF. biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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i missed that one dave. guys, that dang breaker lasted longer than i did in service. hahaha.i wonder if the new breakers we use today will last that long?

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i missed that one dave.


 I just sent it to you via PM

warning: clear mouth of all liquids and put the coffee cup down



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Mello Yello wrote:
geezer69 wrote:

i missed that one dave.


 I just sent it to you via PM

warning: clear mouth of all liquids and put the coffee cup down


 For sure! My DW just spent an hour cleaning our keyboard with a Q-Tip  but I still see some 'slop' on the front panel of the monitor



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hahahaha,i was prepaired. i knew it had to be a good un. hahaha...it was...hahaha

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