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Old 02-20-2006, 07:02 PM
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Circuit breakers tripping?

Got a couple of customers with 600-900w transformers tripping breakers. Amp meter reads avg. 6 amps 7.5 right when it clicks on.
All wiring been checked. All lights checked for proper voltage. All wiring sized and calculated correctly.

Nothing else installed on the breaker. Just a receptacle dropped out of a panel.

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Inrush amps & amps pulling.

Anyone run across similar problems.
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:04 PM
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my suppliers (John Deere & Smith Turf) and the manufacturer (vista) are coming up with limited answers.....
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:19 PM
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Primary or secondary (which one) breakers tripping?
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:21 PM
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How are you switching the transformers?

15 or 20 amp primary breaker?
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:23 PM
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is it on the same circut as the bathroom???
if so when a hair dryer is used at night it will kick off the breaker if your lights are on as well..
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:24 PM
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Yard pro, initial post stated dedicated circuit
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:19 PM
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how far is the outlet located away from the panel??? if more than 15ft that should not be a problem..if closer that could be causing primary to trip.
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:27 PM
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if the secondary is tripping and you are using a multi tap transformer do what you've done and measure the cable for amperage. the amperage result should be multiplied by the voltage tap to which the cable run is connected. this will determine the actual (dynamic) wattage requirment.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:01 PM
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Breaker on service panel tripping. 20amp breaker SqrD QO

Another customer GE 20amp beside service panel doing same thing.

Transformer mounted beside the service panel.

Dedicated breaker.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:57 PM
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distance from the transformer to a primary breaker does not matter most of the time, but to avoid potential nuisance tripping the transformer should be mounted 15' away from primary breaker.
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