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    i have a stove that when i turn it on the element starts getting hot them blows the stoves circuit breaker.
    i can reset the breaker and it does it all over again.
    is this a hotplate faulty or something other ??
    its one of them solid hot plates with 2 power wires and an earth. would it be something along the lines of get hot, expand, short to earth and trip circut breaker??

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    It's either a dicky element, stuffed simmer stat and possibly also a undersized supply is a partial contributer.

    Does it happen with only one element?

    You would need to test the element with a megger if you don't have one you should call someone that does or use a diffrent hot plate.

    Or buy a new stove

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    thinking about my options. it goes bang under the hotplate every time it blows the breaker. ive lifted the top up to see if i can see anything but looks perfectly normal, no arc evidence anywhere.
    the other 3 work fine, just this one when it heats up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    the other 3 work fine, just this one when it heats up.
    Are any of the other three the same size? If so, you could try placing one of the working elements into the troublesome spot and see if it comes good.

    It wouldn't surprise me if it was just the element.
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    Wozzzzza,
    Without getting into "fault finding techniques 101", I reckon your only option is to get the element replaced. IMHO

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    yes i will be going out tomorrow to see if i can find one, well price first to see if its worth it or replace oven.
    it just happens to be the largest one as well.

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    Of Course!!!!! Murphy's Law always works that way

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozzzzza View Post
    thinking about my options. it goes bang under the hotplate every time it blows the breaker. ive lifted the top up to see if i can see anything but looks perfectly normal, no arc evidence anywhere.
    the other 3 work fine, just this one when it heats up.
    Any more gems? It is probably the base where it plugs into. Someone at some time has let stuff boil over and the crap ends up in the base and eventually it will go bang.
    You could have difficulty getting someone to work on it as it is the pits as a far as electricians are concerned just one step above working on washing machines.
    When I built this house no way would I have electric cooktop I went for gas as it is easy to clean up after accidents.

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