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Maytag A806 throwing circuit breaker
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Post# 997223   6/15/2018 at 06:44 by floyde (Los Angeles, CA)        

Hi: We are in an older bungalow. I found when window air conditioner running and washer reverses motor to drain and go into spin it flips the circuit breaker.

Could there be anything wrong with the motor that itís pulling that much power?

Itís a 1979 model.

Thank you!

Post# 997226 , Reply# 1   6/15/2018 at 06:59 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I'm not a Maytag expert, but I think there's just too much load on the breaker with the washer and the air-conditioner running.   Have you experienced the breaker tripping when just the air-conditioner is off and the washer goes into spin?    If not, you may need to run a new circuit to either the washer or the A/C.  


I darn near drove myself crazy trying to figure out why my '51 Frigidaire kept tripping the breaker when it went into spin - in my case it was because I was using an inadequate supply cord! 



Post# 997229 , Reply# 2   6/15/2018 at 07:21 by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Note in the ad specs it calls for 20A independent circuit on all washers.  As a "recommendation" though, not a requirement.  The alternative is resetting the shared breaker when the combined loads exceed the branch rating.   


Normal motor start current is twice the run current, though only roughly half a second.  That's plenty to trip a breaker that's already running a window air.  And that's the problem with older bungalows.  Or even bungahighs.  Typically, not a code violation unless the wiring is renovated without bringing it up to code.  Which costs thousands, natcherly.


But electrical fires don't care whether the violation is waived or not.  You will just have to make some other arrangement to get power to both those appliances.  Or never use both at the same time. 


Optimally your solution will not involve extension cords.  If only option, use the shortest and biggest gauge you can get.  While you're at it, find out what the microwave shares a breaker with.  Hopefully not the fridge.


There is almost certainly nothing wrong with the Maytag.

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