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How do I trace a breaker trip?

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how do I trace a breaker trip?
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Home Improvement
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Hello, you need a 'clamp around' type 'ampmeter' then you clamp it round one wire at time, of the suspected load, such as the common wire that runs to the compressor in an air conditioner, and measure the amperage, if it stays above the breakers maximum amp rating for more than 2 or 3 seconds, then you have found the problem.

If the breaker trips on amperage draws less than the rating stamped on the breaker, then the breaker is bad.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES OF THE TYPE AMPMETER YOU NEED, $5O at most big box stores, $28 at Harbor freight.

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