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The main gfci breaker will trip once a while, what is the

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possible problem to cause this? JA...
The main gfci breaker will trip once a while, what is the possible problem to cause this?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: The last couple weeks
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Running Amps, is only 10 Amps, the main GFCI is rated at 60 Amp.
Submitted: 27 days ago.Category: Pool and Spa
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Pool and Spa Expert: David Bowden, Pool and Spa Certified replied 27 days ago
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Pool and Spa Expert: David Bowden, Pool and Spa Certified replied 27 days ago

G​FCI's are designed to trip from resistance (load) not from the amperage of the breaker. Many are sensitive to the smallest amount of resistance (the amount between a neutral and ground) will set off normal GFCI's that are in kitchens and bathrooms. GFCI's on electrical panels serve 2 purposes, 1 being the breaker part (60amps) and the safety part (resistance) should there be an increase in load. The pump (motor) runs at 10amps, but the starting amps is higher (only to help with the start), many pumps use start and run assistance (capacitors) and if a capacitor is starting to wear out (higher load) it may trip the GFCI.

The best thing is to make sure all connections are secured and properly grounded, both in the panel and on the pump. If you have anything else on this same circuit (motors, lights, compressors, etc) they all have a higher resistance level and can trip the GFCI. Also if the pump gets hotter than normal (increased resistance) that can trip the GFCI. I would keep an eye on it and see if you can tell what the system was doing when the GFCI trips and you can most likely isolate the cause.

I hope this answers your question, if you locate the probable cause, let me know and we can discuss further a viable solution.

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Pool and Spa Expert: David Bowden, Pool and Spa Certified replied 25 days ago

Greetings… Just following up to see if you were still needing some help answering your question? If this information was helpful you can close out this question simply by completing the rating questionnaire when prompted, however…

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Pool and Spa Expert: David Bowden, Pool and Spa Certified replied 22 days ago

I have not been able to locate any additional information from what has already been listed, however if you require more assistance please let me know what you are looking for and I will continue my research.

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Pool and Spa Expert: David Bowden, Pool and Spa Certified replied 11 days ago

I have not been able to locate any additional information on this issue and since I have not received any feedback, I am thinking the recommendations I mentioned above have been helpful in resolving this problem. If you still need additional assistance just let me know by using the reply box.

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Dave

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