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Old 07-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Wavepoint t5 HO keeps tripping...

I have my light plugged into a GE15079 wall timer, and all of a sudden it's starting to trip the GFCI breaker upon start up. Hasn't been happening for a year, just started. It used to be on an extension cord, and I figured that may be it, but now it's plugged directly into the wall and still tripping... Any electricians help here? Has the timer gone bad possibly?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Is there a chance the timer got wet? That's what happened to mine, and it was barely any water, it just happened to fall straight into the outlet on it, when I re-plugged it in it started buzzing and the my power strip tripped.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:06 AM   #3
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Is there a chance the timer got wet? That's what happened to mine, and it was barely any water, it just happened to fall straight into the outlet on it, when I re-plugged it in it started buzzing and the my power strip tripped.
Not that I can recall... But it's always a possibility. I may just get a new timer, they're cheap enough.
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It's worth a shot.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Does the GFCI trip with just the light connected?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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Does the GFCI trip with just the light connected?
The light has a gfci built into the plug, so yes.
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The light, when plugged into a wall outlet (taking the timer out of the circuit for now) directly DOES trip the inline gfci = a short in the lamp; does NOT trip the gfci = bad timer.
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The light, when plugged into a wall outlet (taking the timer out of the circuit for now) directly DOES trip the inline gfci = a short in the lamp; does NOT trip the gfci = bad timer.
Yea, it did not trip plugged directly into the wall...

So I got my original light back, the cord was warrantied, so I replaced it and it now works... Here's what's happening. I cycle through the "manual" on and off, and it's no longer tripping, but it's making a sound like it is... This sound was definitely not present beforehand... Any thoughts as to what this might be?
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We're speaking of the sound as if the GFCI is doing its thing, but it isn't disconnecting the circuit? My first guess would be that the timer's mechanical components are waving adios to you.
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