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Old 12-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Tripping GFCI outlets

Help me with some troubleshooting. Any ideas are appreciated. I will make it known when we have a winner.

I am trying to get my new e-keggles working. They are leak tested, and good to go on that front. I have 2 2000w elements wired (12/3) to two separate 20A GFCI outlets. Each outlet has its own 20a breaker.

The problem is that as soon as I start to plug them into the outlet the GFCI trips. I need ideas. Can anyone help?


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Old 12-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention that wires are encased in high temp silicone. One thought I have is that the "inside" of the silicone may not be fully cured.


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Old 12-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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Some high temp silicone is electrically conductive both pre and post cure. Chect the specifications of the product you are using.
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Make sure that the hot and neutral of each circuit is kept completely separate from each other. The hot from one circuit cannot use the neutral from another circuit as a return. A GFCI will measure the current on both the hot and neutral path and will trip if they are not equal.
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Yep! I had this same problem, unless the silicon is cured, the GFCI will trip, and fast. Give it a few days and you will be much happier. In order to cure, it also cannot be sealed too tightly in the fitting, like if you filled a plastic cap fuul and fastened over your element...give it some time!
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Plug in a lamp or something else. Does that trip?
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Plugged in a lamp, no problem.

I had the silicone on the connections all closed up in a rubber hose. Just pulled it off and found very wet, uncured silicone. Gonna leave it that way for a few days to a week then try again.
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Plugged in a lamp, no problem. I had the silicone on the connections all closed up in a rubber hose. Just pulled it off and found very wet, uncured silicone. Gonna leave it that way for a few days to a week then try again.
Oh- there's your problem! You have to turn on the lamp after you plug it in.
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The silicone is finally drying. 3 out of 4 have fully dried and are working. One left still a little damp and it immediately trips. This stuff is very slow to cure.
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It is my understanding that the moisture/humidity in the air actually helps cure the silicone. Thick layers of silicone take a long time to cure if they can't absorb moisture readily.


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