In some cases an appliance can trip the circuit breaker every time it gets turned on, or plugged in. There are two main reasons why this occurs, and to fix it you need to narrow down which one it is, so in this article I will cover the reasons your air fryer keeps tripping the breaker in your home, and how to fix it.
As a general rule, isolate whether the wall outlet is too weak, or the air fryer has an issue. It’s common for the wall outlet to be too weak for an appliance and every time it gets used it trips the circuit breaker. Try the air fryer on a wall outlet that normally uses a lot of power like a microwave or oven.
Below, I will explain in detail the reasons why an air fryer keeps tripping the breaker, as well as step by step instructions that cover what you should do to fix it.
Reasons Your Air Fryer Keeps Tripping Breaker (How to Fix)
It’s somewhat common for a circuit breaker on your switch board to trip every now and then. But, if it happens all the time it indicates there’s one of two issues. Here is what to do if your air fryer keeps tripping a circuit breaker at the switchboard and why it happens.
In general, plug it into a different wall outlet that is usually used for an appliance that draws more power such as a microwave or a stove top. If it still trips the breaker then an internal component on your air fryer has failed. If not, the circuit breaker is too weak, and needs to be replaced.
An air fryer needs between 6.67 amps and 15 amps on a 120-volt circuit, and from 3.33 amps to 7.5 amps on a 240-volt circuit. Depending on the size of your air fryer. If the circuit breaker is smaller than that, then it will trip the circuit breaker each time you use it. The reason circuit breakers have a lower capacity than that of an air fryer is that when the electrician set up and installed the switchboard they accounted for what each wall outlet would be used for.
Therefore, the circuit breaker is not strong enough to run all the other appliances in your kitchen, and your air fryer. However, the other issue is your air fryer is faulty, in which case it will need to be repaired or replaced.
Therefore, you need to do a few simple steps to identify which is causing the issue. Further below, I explain in detail step by step instructions for how to see whether it’s the circuit breaker or the air fryer that is the issue.
2 Reasons Air Fryer Keeps Tripping Breaker/GFCI/Blowing Fuse
Normally an appliance like a circuit breaker won’t trip the circuit breaker fuse in your home unless there is an issue. Here are the 2 reasons why an air fryer keeps on tripping the GFCI fuse, also called a circuit breaker.
Generally, the circuit breaker you’re using is too weak to power an air fryer, or a component has failed on your air fryer and it needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s somewhat common for a circuit breaker to be installed in a home that is intended for an appliance that requires less power.
Therefore, if you attempt to use that wall outlet for an air fryer it will always trip the fuse. Below is a more in depth explanation about why this happens, after that, I will explain how to fix this issue.
1. Circuit breaker is too weak for the number of appliances
When the switchboard for a home is installed by an electrician they will take into account what each wall outlet is used for. It’s not VERY common for a home to use an air fryer, as well as, the other typical appliances like a microwave, fridge, and an oven. Therefore, the air fryer can be putting too much demand on the switchboard.
And as a result, it keeps tripping the circuit breaker. Each appliance uses a different amount of amps. For example, a microwave will use about 20 amps, whereas a range hood will only use about 5 amps.
If the circuit breaker that was installed was for something that draws less power than an air fryer the entire circuit will need to be replaced. But, typically it’s easier to use a different wall outlet. Or, only use your air fryer when you’re not using another appliance that draws a lot of power like an oven, or microwave.
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2. A component has failed and needs to be repaired/replaced
The other reason is that an internal component has failed on your air fryer. If you have electrical experience you can take apart your air fryer and test each of the components with a voltmeter to identify which one is causing the issue. But, if not then it’s best to contact the manufacturer.
It’s possibly covered under warranty. Depending on the cost of the air fryer, it may also make sense to get a whole new fryer rather than repair it. It can also be a good idea if the air fryer is kind of old.
3 Ways to Fix Air Fryer Keeps Tripping Breaker/GFCI/Blowing Fuse
Appliances vary in how much power they need to operate, they can also have a fault that causes them to draw too much power. If an appliance is drawing more power than the electrical wiring in your home can handle it will cause it to trip the breaker. Here are the 3 ways to fix an air fryer that keeps on tripping the GFCI breaker.
In general, plug it into a wall outlet that is used by an appliance that needs a lot of power like a microwave, and unplug any other appliances you can. If it still keeps tripping the circuit breaker your air fryer is bad. If it no longer trips the breaker, do the steps below.
How to fix this issue depends on whether it’s the circuit breaker that is too weak, or your air fryer is bad. If you’ve identified that it’s the circuit breaker not your air fryer do steps 1 and 2 below. Whereas, if the air fryer is bad, skip to step number 3.
1. Too many appliances plugged into the same area of your home
A quick fix but not a permanent fix is to unplug some of the appliances you are using. And/or don’t use your air fryer at the same time as you are using other appliances that draw a lot of power. Here are the kitchen the appliances that use the most electricity in order from ones that consume the most to the least:
- Electric oven
It’s typically not possible to unplug the fridge unless it’s not in use and is a back up fridge with only a few things in it. But, it’s a good idea to not use your electric oven, dishwasher, or microwave at the same time you are using your air fryer. That will put the least demand on the circuit breaker until you get a new circuit breaker installed.
2. Replace the circuit breaker (requires an electrician)
If you’ve found that the circuit breaker is the issue, to completely fix the issue you should have an electrician replace the circuit breakers that are weak in your home. This requires an electrician to swap out the existing breaker, put in a new one that can handle more electricity, and install new wiring from the circuit breaker to the wall outlet. Doing so will mean you can run any number of appliances no matter how much electricity they need to operate with your tripping the circuit breaker.
3. Component has failed and needs to be repaired/replaced
If the circuit breakers are fine then a component on your air fryer has failed. If you have repaired appliances before and have access to a voltmeter then you can fix it yourself. However, if not then it’s best to contact your air fryer manufacturer.
For example, if it’s a Kenmore air fryer then you should contact Kenmore support. The reason is the repair may be covered under warranty, or they might replace it for you with a brand new one under the warranty. But, if not they can advise of the best way to have it repaired.
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And with a bit of luck whether or not it’s better to repair it rather than replace it. For some air fryers it might be cheaper to buy a whole new one rather than repair it.
Overall, your air fryer could be faulty, or the circuit breaker is intended for an appliance that draws less power than an air fryer needs. You need to isolate if the air fryer is faulty, or the breaker is too weak to power all the appliances in your kitchen and your air fryer using the steps below.
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