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Old 03-07-2010, 05:33 AM   #11
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Default Re: Using 110V House Current

Before you go through to much expense find out how to turn off the hot water tank or disconnect it. Possibly hook it up at a friends house to see if that works. Your breaker may be week causing it to trip early or something else is on that circuit someplace. It is really hard to say without putting a meter on it. As for it triping from gfci I would think it would trip as soon as it is pluged in if that was the problem but you mentioned shortly after. I don't think a 50" 12 gauge cord is your problem as with a 20A breaker that is the same size wire in regular wireing. A 30A would have 10 gauge though. As mentioned a longer cable or smaller gauge would lower the voltage due to loss thus increasing the amperage. (P=I x E power formula) which could pop the breaker but I think heaters should only draw less than 14A and you would not have any where near that much loss.

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