I tried searching for an answer but couldn't come up with what I was looking for, so sorry if this has been asked before!
My wife and I recently moved into a new place which had been recently flipped. We are in a mother-in-law suite so it has definitely had some wiring added and that could be the issue if my question is not possible.
Everything worked great when we first moved in, we were there for about 4 months when we woke up one morning and the fridge was off. Reset the breaker and was off by the time we finished errands. Tried a different plug right next to it and that kept the fridge on.
The microwave is plugged into the same plug so we switched where it was plugged into (now where the fridge is) and it eventually starts popping the breaker. Whenever we needed to use the microwave I just ran an extension cord to the bathroom and left the fridge unplugged since we have an outside fridge (wanted to try and determine what the cause was, guessed the fridge was going bad at first).
Ever since I started using the bathroom plug for the microwave, my wife's hair dryer and sometimes straightener will pop the plug..
The breakers are all brand new Arc-Fault breakers, tried replacing it and that did not resolve anything.
The kitchen plugs all run on one 20 amp breaker, two plugs and one with GFCI. Nothing else runs on those plugs
The bathroom is a single plug with GFCI and is also on a 20 amp arc fault breaker, the bathroom lights also run on that breaker.
I am guessing the microwave is toasting the outlets which is causing possible arc faults? When the breaker is reset it shows the indicator for an arc fault. Currently I am trying out running the fridge on the third plug in the kitchen to see if it will stay on since the microwave has never been plugged into that. I did have the fridge plugged in to another plug in the house for an extended period and never had an issue which is why I am assuming microwave.
Is that even a possible situation?
Thanks in advanced!
Well, my experiment failed and the breaker popped.. Only after the fridge had gotten down to temp and was maintaining. The compressor went to kick on again and pop! Will be calling an electrician but advice would be helpful!