Help ,My motorized garage door opener is tripping my breaker when I use it , can I install a higher amp breaker ?

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    May we have more information, please? Like the make/model of the opener, and whether it is on a shared circuit, and how old is the breaker and what is its rated amperage? With that information in hand, I would think you will get answers to this question. – SDsolar Mar 15 '17 at 6:49
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    The garage door opener motor and the breaker should both have plaques or labels with electrical data on them (current, voltage, frequency, fuse trip data, etc.). Please edit your question to include the information from those to the best of your ability. Also as SDsolar said, tell us what you know about the age of the breaker (they do wear out eventually) and whether (and what) anything else is connected to the same circuit breaker. – user Mar 15 '17 at 8:14
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    A circuit breaker should never trip under normal use; if it does, especially repeatedly, assume a problem somewhere. DO NOT simply install a higher amperage breaker to "fix" this -- figure out what the real problem is and address that first. If you aren't comfortable working with high voltage electricity, call a professional. High-voltage electrical circuits is one of the few areas where you literally might not get a second chance to get it right, due to everything from a house fire to your own death; keep this in mind before deciding whether this is a DIY kind of job. – user Mar 15 '17 at 8:18
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    To translate a little, your question is really "My breaker is annoying me by doing its intended job! How do I stop it and make my home unsafe?" ... Do you see the problem here? – brhans Mar 15 '17 at 11:42
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    The breaker is there to protect the wiring. If it's tripping because the motor is drawing too much current, changing the breaker may cause the wiring to overheat (and catch fire). That's why, at a minimum, the question needs the breaker rating and the motor rating. But assessing the cable and its current-carrying capacity will need a site visit from an electrician. – Andrew Leach Mar 15 '17 at 12:51

First thing to do is check out the door. Unplug the motor and pull the disconnect cord to separate the door from the drive mech. Now manually try opening and closing the door. If it doesn't move smoothly (or worse, you just now notice a broken spring or cable), then fix the mechanicals. Only after that should you start suspecting a bad breaker, and as EdBeal commented, never increase the rating.

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