Thrown breaker when using electric skillet

Cheryll Walker
by Cheryll Walker
Everytime I cook with my electric skillet, it throws my breaker. What is the reason for this?
  12 answers
  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Jan 03, 2016
    to many things on that electric breaker.You might have to check and see what else it on the plugs in your kitchen. They built them so cheap put all the plugs on one wire/breaker .You add stuff on kitchen cabinet like coffee pot,microwave, blender, etc. Even sometimes they put them on with ref. Just to many on one. Check it out one by one. Plug turn on then turn breaker off and see. Hope that helps.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jan 03, 2016
    It's pulling more power than your breaker can provide. Try upping the number on your breaker to a higher power setting (buy another higher wattage one) & replace the old one with the new one. It works on fuses in a breaker box. It should work the same on breaker switches also. Check with your local electrician over the phone & describe what you're currently using & get some advice from a professional as well. GOOD LUCK!
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    • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jan 04, 2016
      @Arkadiy Svist Electrical I AGREE!! That's why I told her to call her local electrician & get some professional advice too to be sure she could do that with hers. :)
  • Gary Stenzel Gary Stenzel on Jan 03, 2016
    If your breakers are older, sometimes just tightening the screw that holds the wire will fix that problem. Of course you will shut off the main breaker before you try that. Check to see if your breaker might be undersized. If it is, you can replace it with one that is slightly higher rated. An electrician can help you determine the correct size.
  • Annette Kilwein Annette Kilwein on Jan 03, 2016
    if the breaker repeatedly kicks out could mean weak breaker and should be replaced or you are over loading the outlet or circuit -- as a friend that is an electrician to check it out for you
  • Alice Boldin Alice Boldin on Jan 03, 2016
    There could be a short in the skillet as well! Try another outlet and see what happens.
  • Arkadiy Svist Electrical Arkadiy Svist Electrical on Jan 03, 2016
    Multiple reasons: first - overload, of course. Do not try to increase amperage of breaker - very dangerous idea, which could lead to fire. Second - if you have GFCI breaker it could be problem inside your skillet (it could work in non-GFCI line). In any case, please call electrician. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Pjakin61 Pjakin61 on Jan 03, 2016
    My rule of thumb...NEVER ever mess with electrical....just not a good idea....consult a professional
  • Mikkigirl Mikkigirl on Jan 03, 2016
    Simpliest, yet frustrating solution? Unplus something else that is on the same breaker when using your electric skillet. . . . .or plug the skillet in an outlet that is on a different breaker.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 03, 2016
    Any item that creates heat (hair dryer, microwave, space heater, electric skillet etc) pulls a lot of energy to do so. I'd try using it in another outlet that is not being used by another appliance.
  • Sharon Seiber Sharon Seiber on Jan 03, 2016
    My MW and small Oster oven are both on the same breaker. Sometimes I forget and try using both at the same time, so of course the breaker trips. Too much for the breaker to handle. But that's why we have breakers. To avoid setting our house on fire.
  • Katherine Gordon Katherine Gordon on Feb 11, 2020

    My mail tenance man told me my skillet and coffee maker have shorts in them and that is what is throwing the breaker

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 23, 2021

    It could because the socket is being overloaded. The Skillet needs a bigger fuse in the plug, or there could be a fault with the Skillets wiring.