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Treadmill trips circuit breaker (Read 52 times)

Altair5


    I just purchased a treadmill and after running a third of a mile on it the circuit breaker tripped and it stopped. I moved it to a different outlet where nothing else is on the circuit and the same thing happened. Note that both these circuits have GFCI and looking on the internet I see that treadmills may not work well with them. I'm looking for an answer that does not involve rewiring the house. One solution presented is to purchase a surge protector and recommended is one of the Tripp Lite brand. Has anyone had experience with this and what are your thoughts?

    "My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” 

    Altair5


      Well no feedback from members here so far, but I did contact the manufacturer of the surge protector. They cannot categorically state that it will help with GFCI issues but indicated they had some reports from customers who said it solved the problem. I'll wait a while to see if anyone here has something to say on this subject. Then I might just order the surge protector, if it does not fix the treadmill issue I'm sure it will be an upgrade for protecting my computer.

      "My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” 


      an amazing likeness

        For a few dollars and 15min time, you could replace the GFCI outlet with a standard, non-gfci outlet is your local building code doesn't require gfci in that location.

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        Altair5


          Milktruck - It's not an outlet, the circuit breaker is in a power box in the basement. I could swap out the breaker with just a regular one, but since it also covers the bathroom where there is water I don't think that a good idea for safety reasons. I know that I should have a dedicated circuit, but usually nothing is using power in the bathroom. I do have a tiny amount of experience with running electric lines from working a construction job for a few weeks, but I'm looking for an easy solution.

          "My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” 


          an amazing likeness

            Didn't catch that you noted it was a GFCI breaker (not outlet), which on re-reading you clearly did...sorry 'bout that. Seems like an interesting issue from reading a few articles on it...the static discharge from the treadmill trips the gfci...wonder if installing a grounding wire from treadmill to another ground to stop the static 'back driving' the gfci is a possibility?

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            kcam


              HermosaBoy


                I just purchased a treadmill and after running a third of a mile on it the circuit breaker tripped and it stopped. I moved it to a different outlet where nothing else is on the circuit and the same thing happened. Note that both these circuits have GFCI and looking on the internet I see that treadmills may not work well with them. I'm looking for an answer that does not involve rewiring the house. One solution presented is to purchase a surge protector and recommended is one of the Tripp Lite brand. Has anyone had experience with this and what are your thoughts?

                 

                I would try the surge protector.

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                Rob

                Altair5


                  I have purchased the surge protector to try and see if it fixes the problem, should get it Friday. I'll report if it works or not!

                  "My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” 

                  Jogger bobby


                    What's the amp rating on your outlet? Probably 10. You can check your treadmill but we had to upgrade ours to 15 amps, problem solved.

                     

                    if your treadmill belt is not well lubricated that will draw excess power as well, which will cause the breaker to flip and ultimately damage the treadmill circuit board and cause the treadmill to fail. Make sure the belt is just tight enough not to slip and lubricate it regularly following manufacturers instructions.

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                    Marathon PR: 3:44 (2000)

                    5k PR: 22:02 (2022)

                    1 mile PR: 6:09 (2022)

                     

                    Goals:

                    5k - 21:42

                    Mile - 6:30

                    400m - 1:10