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Old 04-28-2003, 07:52 PM   #1
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refer shorting out

gas works fine ,tested element ,seems to work fine ,(no short) but keeps tripping breaker. Im thinking its the cord on the refer shorting out when it wants to ,Has anyone else run into this ?

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Old 04-29-2003, 09:09 AM   #2
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It can also be a defective heating element.

You can check it by removing it.


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Old 04-29-2003, 03:35 PM   #3
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Andy thank you very much for your reply. I took the element out and had it checked at the local rv shop .they put power to it and it heated fine.Brought it home plugged it in and the breaker tripped again hmmmmm.I think Im just going to make up a New cord.Ill have to wait for the weekend to try and find cinnectors .
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The best way to track down your short is by disconnecting items, like the heater, the thermostat, the switchover device and isolating different components while plugging the cord back in. A simple process of elimination. Your element may be heating ok but could be shorting out thru the casing, did they check for that? I would reinstall it and plug the fridge in with it connected and disconnected, see what trips the breaker. Another thing, if you are running off a GFI they can be ultra sensitive, might take less than a direct short to ground to trip the breaker.

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Check the cord and box it is plugged into first. Screws loosen and cause shorts, especially in plugs.

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