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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

I have a Frigidaire FGMV176NTB range hood microwave oven which was installed new about two years ago. It works fine, but recently started tripping the 15A standard breaker it's on (Siemens c. 1992) ...
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Max power based on voltage

I noticed that induction plates have different max power depending on the (single-phase) current voltage (there are exceptions, but this is what can be usually seen in stores) For instance in Europe (...
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Oil radiator making sparks

My oil-filled radiator emits sparks when the thermostat switches off. A loud click can be heard (this, I’ve seen, is normal) but when the room is dark I can see a spark through the slits in the casing ...
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Navigating my dated building's electrical requirements

My coop is from the 1970s and has fairly strict electrical requirements due to the old wiring. I'm in the process of trying to update my appliances and running into trouble finding suitable ...
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Easy way to rig a power source switcher for a 110v appliance? [closed]

I have a generator and a battery bank with an inverter. I have an appliance which I want to be able to press a button and have it switch power sources between the two. Ideally if there's an extension ...
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Dehumidifier switch gives line voltage without load but <1V with load

I'm trying to troubleshoot and understand an issue with my dehumidifier. Its fan still runs but the compressor wouldn't turn on. I measure <1V between "Compressor" and "Neutral" ...
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Help with oven and breaker!

a month or so ago, I posted on here that my oven kept tripping my breaker. It’s an old oven (20+ years at least). If it would get to a certain temp, it would cut off. Oven light, everything. I’d go to ...
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Half power keeps going out

I have a bad door switch in the ac/heater unit. Have had to wiggle it to make heat come on. Today it sparked and half power in the house went out. When I tried to test the dryer everything came back ...
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Can I install a 240V outlet in my new US home for my UK kitchen appliances?

I'm emigrating from the UK to the US. I had assumed that both my Blendtec blender and KitchenAid mixer would not work well in the US not least because the higher mains frequency would make them spin ...
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How to protect electric appliances from high or low voltage or short circuit or any other electricity related thing

I have so many electric appliances installed at my home(India). I have been recently reading in newspapers that some electric appliance are getting affected due to voltage or short circuit issues. I ...
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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

Recently when I turn my oven on, it trips the breaker. The oven stays on for quite awhile and heats up, but it seems that when it is turned up over 300 degrees, it shuts off. It’s an old stove (20 ...
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Can you connect both a cooktop and an oven off one three-phase cable?

I have a couple of contractors renovating my kitchen and I have two appliances that I will need them to install: an induction cooktop (7600W max power, three-phase) a built-in oven (3600W max power, ...
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Can I safely plug a 15A 100V appliance into a 20A 250V wall outlet?

I have a convection microwave oven that has a normal 15A 100V plug. I can only conveniently access a 20A 250V outlet, which looks like this: (I am located in Taiwan). Are there any safety issues ...
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Can a GFCI circuit ruin a refrigerator compressor?

The kitchen at the house that I rent is wired funky: the fridge receptacle does't have a GFCI button, but it's on the same circuit as a countertop receptacle that does have a GFCI button, so that ...
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How to remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing / collar?

How does one remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing/collar like this one: Source: https://www.centurytool.net/100385_Robinair_Power_Cord_Strain_Relief_p/ro100385.htm This is the spec sheet ...
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Needing to test European W/D combo equipped with 20A 250V

Can an adapter to 15A 125v be used to test working condition of a European washer and dryer all in one until? Will that supply enough power to operate the machine temporarily?
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Strange Breaker Behavior with Treadmill Electronics

I have a brand new walking treadmill that triggers circuit breakers when the treadmill electronics are powered on but when the treadmill motor is NOT running. The strange thing is that it triggers ...
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Can I Piggyback 4 15 amp outlets off a 30 amp fuse?

I have what you would call a “mini kitchen” set up in my house for a guest bedroom. Ran all new electrical for it and hooked it up in the outside fuse box. It’s a 20 amp fuse running 4 15 amp duplex ...
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Cooktop warm surface light on dim

I have a new Whirlpool cooktop that has the warm surface light on dim when the cooktop has not been used. It turns on brightly when being used but returns to dim when the surface cools. The service ...
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Voltage Between Ungrounded Appliance and Ground

I noticed that our stainless steel refrigerator door makes a high pitched feedback sound when I touch it. Investigating further, I found that the previous owner of the home (who left the fridge) ...
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Electrical Help: Swap 50A Range for separate Cooktop & insert Oven (30A each)

House has a 50A, 3-line service to the old Range. Want to instead have a separate Cooktop and an insert Oven located below it for a sleeker more integrated look. Each have a 30A requirement. Can they ...
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Why did my dishwasher have a spark at the door hinge?

This morning when my wife opened the dishwasher there was a pop and she thought she saw a flash near the bracket arm that swings the door down. I also smelt some slight burning. What bothers me is the ...
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Circuit breaker for glass cook top

Should I replace my 30 AMP with a 40 amp circuit breaker for a new glass radiant heat cooktop? Now I have 30 amp just for the glass cooktop. Best Buy recommended I use a 40 amp after a pre-...
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Dehumidifier shuts off after a few seconds

Steps to reproduce: Plug in dehumidifier. The green LED goes on. Press the power button on the control panel (lower free hanging PCB in picture). The fan starts running. The compressor doesn’t turn ...
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DCS RGU-366 Oven will no longer heat

I have: DCS RGU 366-N oven What happened: Wife ran oven with the door slightly open, heating up all control knobs. Symptoms: Oven will no longer heat up. Ring-light for oven knob no longer lights up. ...
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Am I able to wire a 3-Prong dryer outlet with 8/3 Romex?

I see similar questions but maybe not as specific.... I am moving my laundry location. As we are intending a remodel eventually I just used some 8/3 romex I had left over to junction with the existing ...
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Oven element wire lead melted to back panel, not heating

I have a Frigidaire oven, about 1 year old. Several days ago when turning the oven on there was a spark, 'pop' noise, and then the oven shut off. Flipping the break returned power, but now the oven ...
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Power plug will not go inside the power socket!

I have couple of sockets I added through my electrician sometimes back. Now when I plug microwave or coffee maker, it plug would just not go in! I don’t want to put extraordinary force for fear of ...
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Is it wrong that my dryer plug has one L shaped prong?

We have a fairly new dryer and we are in the process of getting kitchen and laundry remodeled. The electrician put in a three prong outlet with all prongs straight. The dryer has one of them L ...
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Oven "flickers" in power every now and then

Our oven seems to "flicker" in power every now and then. By that I mean it loses power just momentarily --- or at least it loses power long enough for the clock to reset. This has happened ...
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Can an AC and a dryer go on the same breaker?

I have a sub panel breaker box that has a 30 amp breaker in it right now with a dryer rated at 20.7 amps connected. I want to attach an air condition unit to this sub panel by replacing the current 30 ...
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Can I convert a Sunbeam Radiant Control T-20C toaster from 120V to 230V?

For some reason, I now own a Sunbeam Radiant Control toaster, model T-20C. While I found it in The Netherlands, it's fitted with a US cord and plug. On the bottom, it reads: VOLTS 110-120 WATTS 1275 ...
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Wiring for kitchen remodel - appliances, electric oven/microwave combo, fridge, 2 dishwashers

I am working on a plan for a kitchen remodel. The existing range is natural gas powered so it doesn't have a dedicated circuit (It's just plugged into a 15 or 20amp outlet). Other existing wiring ...
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Is all 220 appliance cable the same?

I have someone with a tanning bed that was hardwired in the previous home. To make things simpler for them, I'd like to just take a dryer pigtail and wire it up for them instead. I don't know much ...
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Is okay to use commercial appliance inside average US home? For electricity spec: 115/60Hz/1 Ph (NEMA 5-15)

I want to buy a commercial Countertop Merchandiser/Freezer for home use. Model at this link. Maxx-cold.com Does my home in the US meet the Volt/Watts requirement to use it? The electricity ...
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Can I rewire an audio amplifier with a round pin plug to fit sockets in living room made for lamps?

Basically I just bought a home theatre system but our living room has 2 round pin 5amp plugs that are locaed where I would like the amp and rear speakers. Can I wire a round pin 5 amp plug onto the ...
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Can two circuits with dual function breakers share a box?

Corded Dishwasher and Disposal each have own 20a circuit with dual-function breakers; however, they each go to a single receptacle that share the same 2-gang box. Am I correct that splicing the ...
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Bosch Induction Hob Keeps Restarting

I just purchased and wired a bosch PXY675DW4E and it keeps restarting. https://youtu.be/F9wrC7jOavI https://youtu.be/7aZgkkcT6w4 Also restarting randomly from time to time. I wired it according to ...
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My freezer won't go more than 5 degrees below freezing. Thermostat seems OK so what's up?

My Samsung fridge-freezer won't go more than 5 degrees below freezing. The thermostat seems fine and has the correct resistance for its current temperature. What else could be wrong? The display on ...
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Microwave door interlock switch keeps failing

I have a 1000W GE "over the range" microwave (model JVM3160RF) that is now about 3 years old. Earlier this year, one of the interlock micro-switches failed (would not depress) which caused the ...
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Two appliances with connection cords sharing power outlet

I have my dishwasher and my garbage disposal fed from two separate electrical circuits but sharing the same power outlet under the sink. I broke off the tabs on the outlet and connected it to two ...
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Safe to use 220V electric clothes dryer when building has been bridged down to 110V?

We live in a building with 220V service with primarily 110V outlets but a few specialty ones at 220V. Earlier this week electrical service in half the building across all three apartments went out. ...
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KitchenAid dishwasher not responding/requiring cold reboot

I recently purchased a KitchenAid dishwasher (model KDTE334GPS0) to replace my old dishwasher. It is on a dedicated 15 amp circuit. It randomly will not respond to button pushes. When I check the ...
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GE Profile Cooktop and element replacement

I have a GE Profile Cooktop model PP945. The right rear heating element is out. The right rear element is the small 1200W unit. I disassembled the unit and found the heating coil burned out (...
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How to test an "electrified" appliance

I have an old appliance (Hobart mixer) that recently started to give me electrical shocks when I touch it. I didn't see any obvious signs of broken wiring, but I will probably replace it, as it's ...
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How can I fix the electrical hookup on my new electric oven?

I just got a brand new electric oven and I'm having some trouble connecting it myself. It's a conduit installation, so the delivery service wouldn't touch it. I got everything working on the first try,...
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phase drop and now appliances dead

A few weeks back I started getting intermittent outages without breakers tripping. It would self resolve after some time. During one outage I was eventually able to troubleshoot and found that ...
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Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Door Pinched / Broken Wires

TLDR; What is the best way to splice wires together that will be moving? I purchased a Kenmore Elite 106.51773510 refrigerator in March 2017. I had a few issues with the ice maker during my first ...
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Small nick on power cord from an electric alarm clock, and copper wiring exposed but intact

I bought a vintage alarm clock and radio. It works perfectly, but it took me a day to discover that along the length of the cord, there is a small nick, which revealed a small bit of copper wire, ...
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Replacing A Ceramic Hob With An Induction Hob

If I were to replace my ceramic hob in my kitchen at some point in the future with an induction hob, would any rewiring be needed or from an electrical point of view, would it be a straight swap? (UK,...