Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?


I have a problem with my miele built-in gas cooktop. I was cleaning it with baking soda and stabilized hydrogen peroxide, afterwards, I rinsed it with water. I was using too much water and one of the burners made a pop sound and I can feel mild heat around the burner. And following that, the electricity in my whole unit was tripped.

I called in an electrician and he switched on the electricity inside the switch board outside my apartment unit and attempted to turn on the stove. Again, a pop and electricity tripped back off. He plugged out the power cord and asked me to call an electrical appliance repair tomorrow.

What happened inside the stove? Have the fuse inside the stove blown? How does it cause the electricity switch to...

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The breaker blows either because the load on it is too great (this is what iot is designed to do, protect the electrical wiring and pump motor from an overload condition), or because the breaker has become defective.

There is a good chance the pump needs maintenance -- it may be experiencing more friction as part wear out or deposits build up, causing it to consume more power. Lower than normal water levels can aggravate this. This in turn makes the electric motor work harder, pulling more current, and eventually tripping the breaker. Higher than normal demand (constant running to feed the shower for example) can also make this problem occur more frequently.

The other thing to consider is that breakers can go bad in a manner causing them to trip at lower currents than they are rated for. If you know how, you can probably isolate power from reaching the pump breaker and replace the breaker first, which will doubtless be a lot easier than pulling the pump up out of the well...

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Tripped circuit breaker: many of us have experienced them at some point in our homes, yet instead of asking ourselves, “Why Do Breakers Trip?”, we reset the breaker without much thought. Before flipping the switch back over to the “ON” position, however, it’s important to understand why the breaker tripped in the first place, and what can be done to keep it from happening again.

As a Top Dallas Electrician, ElectricMan Inc. understands the danger of ignoring the warning signs of a tripped circuit breaker. But first, you need to know what a breaker does and how it works.

The Job of the Circuit Breaker

Simply put, a home or business circuit breaker is a safety device that monitors the amount of electrical current going through the electrical wires in your home and shuts off the circuit if too much electricity is being pulled through it, or if there is any disturbance in the current that could result in a fire.

Whereas a fuse performs the same task but can...

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Why does my electric range trip the circuit breaker when the oven and all burners are used? This behavior is new.

I have an early 80s GE electric oven/cooktop range (

approximate parts diagram

) on a pair of dedicated 50 amp circuits of the same vintage. The range is marked 10.6 KW @ 120V and 8.2 KW @ 120V. Pretty much everything in the house is the cheapest imaginable, but I haven't found any safety issues.

I used to be able to use all four burners and the oven at the same time. Recently if I turn on everything, after a minute or so the breaker trips. I have also had this happen with only a couple burners and the oven at the same time. It does *not* happen with just the oven, even if I leave the oven at 500F for an extended period. Resetting the breaker is always sufficient to turn things back on.

Thinking a short caused by thermal expansion was the most likely cause, I checked all the burners (including the oven element) where they connected to the...

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When using my rice cooker I have to stand it on the sink because the rice water foams up, bubbles to the lid then the lid starts rattling around and it spits little bits of foam out all over the place. After using it the whole sink is covered in that white rice water and needs scrubbing down!

Is this a common problem? I wash the rice before cooking, and I have to add more water to cook it than I would normally in a saucepan because so much is lost through this foamy mess. Do I just have a dodgy ricecooker or is there a trick to this?

I have never had that happen to me. What is your rice to water ratio?

How much rice are you cooking? We only do one cup of rice to one cup of water and we don't have that problem.

I haven't had a problem either. I think...

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I have a love-hate relationship with my glass cooktop.

As in, love when it’s clean, hate when it’s dirty.

That was original of me. But really. Any kind of liquid or solid matter that touches a burner is the kiss of death to a smooth cooktop. It will leave a scorch mark that will laugh at you until you please the glass-ceramic cooktop gods with an acceptable sacrifice.

I really thought the only way to accomplish this was to use that special cleaning paste (and the special red scrubby thing that gets really gross after it’s used a couple times).

That’s pretty annoying just by itself. But after a while it was extra annoying because store-bought cleaning paste wasn’t fitting into my plan to take over the world with non-toxic cleaners and my blogging.

I tried a lot of different methods for cleaning that thing, including everything that a responsible glass cooktop owner would never do. Like using metal scrubby pads and things.

Just as I arrived...

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When all the lights and appliances along a single circuit go dark at the same time, it is almost always because the circuit breaker or fuse controlling that circuit has tripped or burned out. In older homes, the electrical service panel will have a group of fuses that control and protect the circuits, but it is more likely that your home has an electrical service panel with a series of lever-operated circuit breakers that control the circuits. Whatever the nature of your service panel, the... breakers or fuses serve to automatically shut off power to the circuit wires if something goes wrong. In the case of circuit breakers, the immediate answer is to find the breaker that has "tripped" and reset the lever to the ON position. With a fuse, a metal filament inside the fuse has burned through, and you'll need to replace the fuse with a new one.

But it is important that you understand why the breaker has tripped or the fuse has blown to avoid having it happen again. In rare...

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If the water is not draining from your dishwasher, verify the following:

Verify that there is not a clog or kink in the drain hose or air gap. This is typically the reason that a dishwasher won't drain and the clog is usually where the drain hose attaches to the garbage disposal or sink drain pipe. Remove the hose and clear any clogs, then reinstall. You can access the drain hose from under the sink and also by removing the bottom kick panel of the dishwasher, which is typically held on with a couple of screws.

Verify that water from the sink drain is not making it's way into the dishwasher. I would recommend creating a high loop in the dishwasher drain pipe, which is attached to the sink drain, under the sink. The high loop can be fastened to underneath the countertop. This will prevent any water from entering the dishwasher from the sink; it also prevents the dishwasher drain water from making it's way back into the dishwasher.

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We had this problem recently with our year or so old td. The first chappie who came out told me to reach inside and clean the back bit where water can affect the element. As the book doesn't say to do this, just the filter at the front and empty the water (we have a condenser one, btw) then we hadn't been doing this. It continued to trip so we called them out again and the second chappie replaced the heater which he said was gunked up and the problem hasn't reoccurred.

Try cleaning the filter very thoroughly and also give your washing machine a maintenance wash as the chappie said that due to washing machines using less water these days, there can be too much soap residue left on clothes. This produces matter when the clothes are tumble dried and the water tracks along this gunk and affects the element. You can buy maintence wash stuff for the washing machine on e-bay. For now, though, you could put the clothes on a rinse wash in the washing machine after you've done the...

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Keeping fish in an aquarium is fun, and it is one of the most popular hobbies among pet keepers around the world. Sadly, the truth is that on the average fish only live for three weeks after leaving the shops. What can cause the fish die so quickly?

1. Fish Died to Untreated Tap Water

You must know that fish can’t survive in untreated tap water. Tap water contains chlorine and chloramines. Water companies use them to disinfect. Both chlorine and chloramine can and will kill the fish. While Chlorine can evaporate slowly if you let the tap water sit for a few days, chloramine is a different story, and it is there to stay.

The solution to this problem is straightforward. Buy a bottle of aquarium water conditioner. Years ago when I was a kid, people used solid crystal like water conditioner. Nowadays, most water conditioners are in liquid form.

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While they are all good...

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The basic assumption I am making is that your oven is on its own breaker with nothing else on the circuit. If oven is sharing circuit, unplug other devices.

The problem is either with your breaker, the oven itself or the wire. If you have a good clamp-on ampmeter and know how to use it you can measure the current and see how it compares to the breaker rating. Provided the breaker doesn't trip instantaneously.

To isolate the problem to the oven, make sure all stove top elements are off. Start with oven temp on lowest setting. If this trips breaker immediately there is a problem with your oven heating element or elements. There may be more than one. Somehow the resistance in the element has decreased or shorted and too much current is flowing. If the breaker doesn't blow immediately, there may still be a problem with element, but as you turn up the heat more voltage is applied to the element causing more current to flow. This would rule out a dead short, but not a...

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...had a similar sounding problem myself recently when I installed a new oven for a friend. All wired up fine...powers up, light on in oven, but like yours, it was tripping after about 30 seconds.

Problem (in this case) was not the element, but a semi-loose connection inside the isolator switch for the oven. It was making a very, very faint arcing noise which was very hard to hear, but it was fine after I tightened up the terminals.

Not suggesting that this is the problem, but before you (maybe) remove the element, it will only take 5 minutes to check the connections inside the isolator switch.

edit: should normally be an isolator switch for an electric oven somewhere above kitchen worktop level, near where cooker usually sits. It may or may not have a neon indicator and could be combined with a 13A socket.

If you have removed the element, it might be an idea to take it to an appliance repair shop for them to have a quick look at it. Through personal...

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If your electric oven recently started performing poorly, or even stopped working altogether, fixing it yourself might be simpler than you think. An oven, after all, is basically just an insulated box with a heating element and a thermostat. This means there are only a few things that could possibly be wrong with it, and the solution in most cases is identifying and replacing whichever component is failing.

Power Failure

If your oven won't heat at all, the most likely problem is a blown fuse or a burnt out element. Assuming you're not attempting to repair an antique, your oven will have a clock. If it has also stopped working, it's safe to assume the oven is not getting electricity. Check your circuit breaker box and reset the breaker if necessary and see if this fixes the problem. If not, cut power to the oven at the breaker box before going any further. Note that your oven runs on 220 volts. There should be a double switch on the circuit breaker board controlling...

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Hmm, Fridges can do this on RCD circuits, like it has been said, it's how they are built. As far as I can deduce, from what I have seen, the fridge power should be on the non-RCD side of your supply. Did you try correcting this, by plugging it in that type of circuit?.
However, give the fridge a break here, it has done every minute, of every day, for every month, for every year without fail.
The compressor is probably as slack as, internally, and is no where near as efficient as it was all them years ago. Like most things, they wear out. If you want a fridge to last forever, it will probably never happen.
All in all, 11 years is pretty damn good, and besides, financially for efficiencies sake, you may well be better off in 4 years buying a more "eco" friendly one, and what's more, it'll probably look neater, and your 'Leccy bill will reflect this...

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Hi. I am extremely ill-informed in the field of electricity, which is why I posted here where the informed people hang out! I appreciate the replies. Just trying to figure out what happened.

I didn't think heating elements should burn. So, you are saying that there had to have been something flammable spilled on the element? It could not have been caused by any electrical short or malfunction?

Coincidence is that this oven's previous owner said the bottom heating element caught fire a little over a year ago. He fixed the oven by replacing the burned-up element with a brand new one. Seems like a strange coincidence for the same thing to happen again.

The newer, replaced heating element always heated disproportionately hotter than the top element, so I could not bake anything unless it was way up on the top rack of the oven, or it would burn on the bottom. The tops of my casseroles would be underdone, and the bottoms would be overdone. I put a baking...

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First: If a fuse blows, the circuit is pulling too much current. That's a given.

My range needs a circuit that can handle up to 50 amps, and the circuit itself is made of wires (6 gauge I believe) thick enough to handle that much current without overheating.

I would NOT recommend replacing the fuse with a higher-rated one! It is very likely that the number of amps on the fuse is all the circuit can handle! If you put a higher-rated fuse in, your stove might pull too much power for the wires in the circuit, and possibly cause a fire.

Remember, the fuses are there to keep circuits from overheating. Most likely, your stove circuit (which should be dedicated) can only handle 30 or 40 amps, and has an appropriate fuse for the wire gauge of the circuit.

That's all I can say without knowing what the amperage of the fuse...

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