I did a little research into this first but I am coming up blank, can you help?
I live in an old apartment buidling and the circuit breaker for my apartment keeps tripping. Every time that happens I need to walk down 5 flights of stairs to flip the switch back on.
I was thinking that a power strip (with a 15 amp circuit breaker) with the appliances plugged into that might help shut off the appliances before the downstairs circuit breaker trips off, but it doesn't. (did i misunderstand what it could do? It is a Push-to-reset 15 AMP circuit breaker power strip - 125v/15A/1875W.
Does anyone have any advice (besides moving into a new apt) about what I can do to limit the potential tripping or stopping it altogether (as I thought the circuit breaker power strip might do).
examples of when this will trip are:
- Multiple devices on at same time (i know, do not use more than one at a time, ok)
- toaster on for more than a couple mins
- microwave on for more than a couple mins, or 30 seconds...it varies.
some of the Devices plugged in at all times (but not actively running / "on":
A 15A breaker is good for 1800 watts of total power. Depending on how many receptacles in the circuit, you have to add up the wattage of everything plugged in that is on at the same time. If you aren't getting close to 1800W, contact your landlord and get the breaker replaced.