Oven trips the circuit when it is switched on

Andy Goh
by Andy Goh
My oven trips the circuit breaker when I turn it on.
  19 answers
  • Ljgordon Ljgordon on Jul 25, 2016
    Two things: The circuit breaker is old and weak. The oven is drawing too much power probably as a result of a short. I The short could be in one of the heating units in the oven. Call an electrician.
  • Bill teague Bill teague on Jul 25, 2016
    By all means call an electrician, depending on the age of your home the wiring isn't up to grade for more current appliances. If you resort to a larger breaker you could start a fire.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jul 25, 2016
    This is a problem you call a professional in on. Stop trying to use the oven until an electrician comes out.
  • Bobbie Littlefield Bobbie Littlefield on Jul 25, 2016
    If you own, your homeowners insurance should be called in (normally a co-pay but they take care of it). Rent? Call the manager. No insurance? Get 3 electrical quotes and get informed.
  • Rita Botha Rita Botha on Jul 26, 2016
    Just a question, Andy: was the oven perhaps cleaned before it started causing the trips? If so, It could very well be that moisture has gotten into the connections. If your oven will switch just on without turning the temperature high, you could try leaving it on for about an hour for moisture to evaporate. Then try turning the temperature up to see if it holds. If you are lucky and the cause is moisture, your problem should be sorted. If not, your only answer woul be to get a professional to sort it out.
    • See 2 previous
    • Roger S Roger S on Jul 26, 2016
      First turn off breaker. Next remove the screw holding the bottom element in. Once you have the screw out gently pull the element out of its socket. It should come straight out. Then dry or clean both the plug on the element and the plug where it fits in. Then replace the element by pluging it back and replace the screw. Then do the same with the top element making sure to be careful with the hangers that hold this one in. It should pull straight out and slip out of the hangers. After drying and replacing both elements turn the breaker back on and try it. If this does not fix the problem then call a qualified appliance serviceman. They will be able to troubleshoot the problem.
  • D roach D roach on Jul 26, 2016
    Your electrics are doing what they are designed to do. The oven has a fault. Don't call an elegant trivial as he will just diagnose it as a problem with your oven and charge you for privilege. If you need to call anyone call someone who knows ovens ie. Electrical Engineer
  • Brenda Brenda on Jul 26, 2016
    Call an electrician I would be afraid to have my house burn down!
  • Jsd6538877 Jsd6538877 on Jul 26, 2016
    Did it just start happening? Is the stove on a dedicated 220 v circuit? (Most are.) If so, you've gotten the right answer. Something is overloading that circuit and the breaker is doing what it should. You need an electrician. If for some reason it's on a 110 v circuit, turn off all other appliances on that circuit when using the oven, esp. if you've just added a new appliance.
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jul 26, 2016
    Replace the unit.Sorry,if it is tripping a fuse,there is something wrong with it!
  • Connie Connie on Jul 26, 2016
    you may need a bigger breaker put in
  • Pat Pat on Jul 26, 2016
    If I use my microwave oven and convection oven at the same time, it trips the circuit breaker. I just stopped using them at the same time.
  • Dde7637939 Dde7637939 on Jul 26, 2016
    Plug into an outlet with more power
    • Nancy Albert Nancy Albert on Jul 26, 2016
      I don't think that's right. Outlets seem to have a standard amount of power, either like 110 or 220 volts. Better call an electrician when you're dealing with electrical issues. From my minimal experience with electrical problems and tripping circuit breakers, it could be- the appliance the circuit breaker or a short circuit in the wiring
  • Could be the appliance is on its way out or something is wrong with the outlet. Too much electricity is running through the line, causing the breaker to turn off so as not to cause a fire. A bad appliance that is still working can draw too much power and cause the outlet to over heat. Have you noticed an increase in your electric bill; this is a signal that something is wrong with an old appliance but I have seen it happen with a new appliance that was defective (it caused the house to catch fire, so please have a licensed electrician check it out... this is not a job for a do it yourself friend .
  • James Dunn James Dunn on Jul 26, 2016
    30 amp breaker required
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Jul 26, 2016
    call an electrician and get them to update your power box
  • Charly Charly on Jul 26, 2016
    EVERY ONE has given you the right answer and the best answer. Call an electrician!
    • D roach D roach on Jul 29, 2016
      my husband is an electrician, and it is not a problem with the electrics but with the appliance. the circuit breaker is doing it's job by tripping out. there is a fault with the oven.
  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Jul 27, 2016
    Agree 100%!
  • Charly Charly on Jul 30, 2016
    Well, if you know the problem is in the appliance then call a repairman for your particular brand. It's obvious that for some reason your appliance is pulling too much power and causing the breaker to trip. Is this the only thing on that particular line? If not, try eliminating them one by one to see which one is making the oven trip the breaker. It may not be the oven at all but something else that is coming on at the same time as your oven. Good luck. Hope you find a solution to your problem.