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Why Does my Circuit Breaker Trip when I use the Microwave Oven?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

The electrical load of the toaster and the microwave over exceed the amperage of the existing shared circuit.

Electrical Question from Robert about Tripping Circuit Breaker

Received from Robert a Homeowner in Sewell, New Jersey

Question: My microwave is positioned above my stove (Kenmore). My toaster is plugged into the outlet next to the stove. When I use both simultaneously my circuit breaker trips. Any ideas why this happens?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.
Hi Robert – The problem is that you do not have a dedicated circuit for the microwave oven. The electrical load of the toaster and the microwave over exceed the amperage of the existing shared circuit. The best solution is to have a dedicated circuit installed for the microwave oven. Never increase the size of the circuit breaker because this would create a potential fire hazard.

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