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60A CB keep tripping!


Ed Z
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Folks,

Have a 2002 Maquis spa, with a 1 (of 2) new pumps and a new heater.  Wired myself.  Ran fine for several months, now that it's winter, seems to consistently be tripping the supply (not the GFI cut-out box) CB.  Have some milder weather, so testing again, but what is reasonable to expect?  In "standby mode", with only the one pump on low and the heater on is when this is happening.  Is this a hot tub problem, or an electrical problem?  Seems to run fine, even with all pumps on, for about 10 mins, then trips the CB.

Thanks!!

Z

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What size breaker and is the breaker original from 2002?  I would lean towards breaker but without knowing how many amps the pumps are pulling, I'm not certain.  If the heater was bad. 99% of the time it would trip the breaker and not allow you to reset unless you disconnect the heater or replace it.  The pumps should be pulling 8-9 amps on high speed and the heater probably 15-16, so with everything running, about 32-34 amps.  

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Thanks!  The breaker in question is at the main box, maybe about 10 years old.  Unfortunately, the previous owner only ran line for a 60A sub-box in the garage, which this is wired to.  Yes, I checked the wire gauge, and its only 6AWG, so too small for anything bigger.  I'm suspicious of the breaker, because when re-set, it feels "mushy".  Anticipating another question, yes, there are a couple of other small draw items on the list (lights, cordless tool charger), but I've tested with everything else off, and get the same results.  Ran it yesterday, with air temps in the 60's, and it ran for about 15 mins, eventually with one pump in low mode and the heater on.

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