I live in an apartment with a flatmate, in Ontario, Canada. I have a Honeywell Warm Mist Top Fill Humidifier (HWM-340BC from Canadian Tire, I imagine it should be akin to HWM-340B here: https://www.honeywellstore.com/store/products/easy-to-care-warm-mist-humidifier-hwm-340b.htm) and I use it because I have breathing difficulty at low humidity. However, it occasionally trips the breaker, and the breaker controls all the electric sockets in both bedrooms, which is not acceptable because my roommate does his work on a desktop computer.

Last time I brought this up with maintenance, and the guy basically said "Plug it into one of the other circuits" because apparently the bedroom circuits are all controlled by an arc-fault circuit (as mandated in new apartments by Canadian building guidelines)? I have to flick the breaker to reset it, and the breaker has a TEST button on it. The other breakers have stickers on them that say Schneider so I'm inclined to believe this one is made by Schneider as well.

Is there an easy fix wherein I can use my humidifier? I.e. a power surge power bar or something?

  • Does it trip an ordinary breaker - i.e., you have flip the breaker to reset, or is it a GFCI or AFCI - push a little reset button? – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Nov 4 '19 at 4:48
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    When it trips off the breaker, it stops working. What else stops working? List everything. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Nov 4 '19 at 4:57
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    Does the breaker in question have a TEST button on it? What make and model is this humidifier? – ThreePhaseEel Nov 4 '19 at 4:57
  • @manassehkatz I do have to flick the breaker to reset. However, the maintenance guy I talked to said it was an arc-fault, I believe (and they're mandatory in all new apartments here). There's a little "Test" button on it too. – personjerry Nov 4 '19 at 5:04
  • @Harper I mean the breaker flicks off, so everything connected turns off, including laptop charger, monitor, a TV, a desktop computer, the humidifier. I have to manually flick the breaker back and then things work again. – personjerry Nov 4 '19 at 5:06

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