GFCI Fire

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by mr_steve_fisher, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. mr_steve_fisher

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  2. MrChips

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    20A is a lot of current to pass in such skinny wires. I would go for 14AWG or 12AWG.
     
  3. gerty

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    What was plugged into them when it happened?
    How much current was being drawn at the time?
    How long are the wires feeding the GFCI?
    Was there an extension plugged into the GFCI to the load?
    This will help us answer your questions..

    20amps = 12 ga wire
     
  4. Ron H

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    Where did you find the wire size that is incorporated in this device? I couldn't find it.
     
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  5. Ron H

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    Yeah, if they had it plugged into a 50amp circuit, and it had a 40 amp load, it might catch on fire. I know I would.:D
     
  6. mcgyvr

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    It comes with 12/3 wiring (12 AWG, 3 conductor) pigtails or with mating plugs pre-installed.
    I'd guess you seriously overloaded the device (load far exceeding 20A)..

    YOU NEED A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN NOW.
     
  7. crutschow

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    A GFCI is not a circuit breaker for overloads so it will carry whatever current you put through it until it fries.
     
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