My washer keeps tripping my gfci


The washer tripped the breaker once and OR after the breaker was reset it ran additional loads with no problem then it tripped the breaker again.

Intermittent problems are always difficult to diagnose because the problem usually doesn't occur when you're making the checks.

If the washer ran additional loads the problem will not be an electrical short with one of the washer parts. If the lid switch had a short it wouldn't run the additional loads.

You don't say if the additional loads used the same cycle as previously. A timer can have an internal short that might trip the breaker in heavy duty cycle but not the permanent press cycle.

If you have access to a clamp on amp meter, see the image below, then you can check the amp draw of the washer. The washer normally will draw about 10-15 amps at start up and about 5-8 amps while running. The house breaker for you washer should be rated at 20 amps.

If the washer is running and drawing less than 20...

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First I would buy a circuit tester for about $5.00. Make sure it is the one with the red button on top that will test GFCI outlets. Make sure you have a proper ground and that the test button trips the outlets properly. Test them all and they all should break the GFCI the same and have the proper ground and polarity.If this is ok I would direct my attention toward the appliance. Could try as an test, bringing the coffee maker to your bathroom to see if it trips that outlet as well. could help confirm if it is the coffee maker or the outlet.
Then I would see what the plug rating is. Is it 15 or 20 amps. You will tell by the one side of the outlet having a cross or a t in it. Then check the size of the wire to see what it is. Lastly the breaker. You should have a balanced circuit, or eveything rated the same or better than the breaker.
Could be that the fridge or the dishwasher is on the same circuit, thus tripping the GFCI before the breaker. Small...

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Last Updated December 12, 2016 08:09 AM

I have a Kenmore 80 Series (Model No. 110.24872300) washing machine which up to this point has been working fine. Since it is near a sink, the outlet it is plugged into is a GFCI outlet. On the last load I came back after letting it run for some time to find that it had tripped the GFCI in the middle of the wash cycle - the washer was still full of soapy water. I reset the outlet and let it run again, only to come down the next morning and find it full of water still (it had tripped during the rinse cycle this time). I reset the outlet again and this time it finished the rest of the cycle.

My guess is that water is somehow getting onto the internal components of the washer and causing it to short - is there any way I can test this theory or fix the problem myself?

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To narrow this problem down, there are three places that could be causing the...

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Most likely, your outdoor GFCI outlet is tripping due to one of these 3 problems:

There’s a ground fault somewhere in the circuit. Moisture invaded the receptacle box. The GFCI outlet is faulty.

So, how do you know which one is your problem? Don’t worry. We’ll show you how to determine what’s tripping your outdoor GFCI outlet and what you can do to fix it.

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If the outlet resets but trips again after appliances are plugged in...

...then you most likely have a ground fault somewhere along the circuit or you have overloaded the circuit. A ground fault means that some amount of electricity flowing through the outlet circuit has found an alternate route and is “leaking” or escaping its proper path.

And a GFCI is designed to trip in less than 1/10 of a second when it detects even tiny amounts of leaking current.

What to...

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If you have everything unplugged from this circuit and the GFI is still tripping, which appears to be the case, that rules out that problem (plugged in equipment). Keep in mind though that even if a piece of equipment that IS plugged in is causing the GFI to trip when it rains, that may not necessarily mean the equipment is faulty. It's most likely that water or moisture is getting down inside the equipment which is causing the GFI to trip, which leads to my next point, and most likely the cause of your problem. Moisture in the air shouldn't cause the GFI to trip, but moisture inside the receptacle box would, and that's what I suspect is going on in your situation.

I'd suggest opening up any outside receptacle boxes, and taking a good look inside to see if you see any signs of water entering the box. Outside receptacles, especially receptacles that do not have adequate protection or cover from falling rain are prone to leakage because the gaskets that seal the cover to the...

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My washer keeps beeping.

Your family is full of Star Wars fans. Maybe it is imitating R2D2.

I’m serious, something’s wrong.

Maybe they are not willing to unload the dishwasher, and it is trying to tell you to come get it.

I don’t think that’s the cause.

Look for an error message on the thing. For smart washers, it may be trying to tell you to come look at the error code and fix it.

If I do not know what the error code means, I have to call a repair man to come fix it.

Check to see if the lid is closed, since an open one could lead to it beeping as a warning. Or making sure it didn’t die in the middle of a load.

I’d hate to find out it couldn’t drain.

Worse would be if it drained out onto the floor.

If the unit is drained properly and empty, what else could cause the beeping?

I’m assuming the dryer is not begging to be emptied and turned off, too. Do you have a leak control or leak diverter on the...

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What, Why does my GFI keep tripping?

Explaining common problems of GFI receptacles, and how to wire correctly on line and load size. you will have better understanding after watching this.

Can't Reset a GFCI Outlet?

GFCI Outlets in Homes

Info and Troubleshooting

There are often special looking electrical receptacles in bathrooms or kitchens that have "Test" and "Reset" buttons -- often black and red -- on them. Video. These are ground-fault circuit interrupters -- GFCIs or GFIs. Their purpose is to protect people from electrocution. They do not prevent shock altogether, only deadly shock. And they do not prevent overloads on the circuit....

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by Anonymous

I have a 2003 Flagstaff 23 fbs trailer

All electrical appliances are turned off.

Plug into house electrical outlet and trips house GFCI. Works fine when plugged into campground outlet. I read somewhere that the problem is trailer electrical ground.

Where is the ground? On the tongue, electrical box? Camperland want mucho dollars just to diagnose problem.

ANSWER: Greetings thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

You are correct in stating that a bad ground or even reversed polarity in your travel trailer could be tripping the

GFCI Receptacle

. GFCI Receptacles look like normal 15/20 amp plugs except that they have a built in circuit breaker. The GFCI plugs are very sensitive to bad grounds and reverse polarity in electrical systems. They will blow when a normal circuit breaker will not.

First I normally do not recommend that a do-it-yourselfer mess...

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By GFCI part i mean the Reset button - I don't need to reset the GFCI using the button, just toggle the breaker back on. So is that a faulty GFCI breaker?

That one button on your GFCI breaker isn't a reset button, it's a test button. As soon as you get the breaker reset, push it. If that doesn't trip the breaker, then the breaker is faulty. As long as that button trips the breaker, and turning the breaker

all the way OFF and then ON

resets it, then the breaker can be assumed to be functioning properly.

You should, BTW, be testing that breaker by tripping it with the test button and then resetting it once every month. The same is true for all of the GFCI devices in your house. I don't know many folks who remember to do that, but doing it as it occurs to you is better than not doing it.

It sounds like there's a ground fault in your new GDO that does not trip 15A thermal overload protection but does trip GFCI protection. How long did you leave it plugged into...

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Local 481 GFCI Workshop Curriculum

Given the variety of electrical systems (Floating Neutrals vs. Bonded Neutrals) and grounding preferences (Floating Grounds vs Earth Grounds), and what it takes for GFCI devices to operate reliably on them, it is no wonder that GFCIs sometimes trip unnecessarily or fail to trip outright. It is not the fault of the GFCI, but how it was used.

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Analysis of Demonstration #1

Based on what we now know, how do we account for the fact that the GFCI did not trip when there were clear Ground Faults? The GFCI did not trip because there was, in fact, no current leaking through the Ground Faults. Where this generator (a Honda EU6500is) is designed to primarily serve as home standby power it does not bond Neutral to...

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Large power overloads may potentially destroy electrical equipment, or in more serious cases, cause a fire. A fuse and circuit breaker both serve to protect an overloaded electrical circuit by interrupting the continuity, or the flow of electricity. How they interrupt the flow of electricity is very different, however. A fuse is made up of a piece of metal that melts when overheated; a circuit breaker has an internal switch mechanism that is tripped by an unsafe surge of electricity. Fuses tend to be quicker to interrupt the flow of power, but must be replaced after they melt, while circuit breakers can usually simply be reset.

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