An air fryer is an increasingly popular kitchen appliance. However, many new owners of this appliance find that they trip their circuit breaker when they use it. If this is happening to you, there are reasons for this mishap – and more importantly, there is something you can do to stop it from happening. If your air fryer is tripping your circuit breaker, there are steps you can do to both restore power in the short term and guarantee that it won’t happen in the future.
What Causes The Breaker to Trip
Your circuit breaker’s job is to keep wires from overheating, and if it receives more power than it can handle, it will shut down to prevent any fire hazard. So, when your breaker trips, it’s working to protect you. However, it can be quite annoying and frustrating to continually lose power to your appliances.
Most appliances you find in the kitchen are heating or cooling devices, so they require more electricity than, for example, a laptop. Even if your kitchen appliances are plugged into different outlets, they may likely share the same circuit.
It should be noted that if you notice repeated power losses, main breaker trips, or a service panel that is humming or arcing, you likely need to replace the entire electrical panel.
Short-Term Breaker Solution
If your air fryer is tripping your circuit breaker, there are a couple of things you can do in the short-term and long term. After your circuit breaker trips, you can:
- First, find your circuit breaker box. This will be a metal panel built into the wall, with lots of switches and levers.
- Turn off all lights and appliances on that circuit.
- When you open the breaker, look for breakers in the “off” position. Some may be colored red or orange if they have tripped.
- Flip “off” breakers to the “on” position.
- Check your appliances to see if power has been restored.
Long-Term Breaker Solution
Of course, if your air fryer is tripping your circuit breaker every time you use it, it’s time to take more permanent actions. The best way to ensure that your appliances don’t continue to trip your circuit breaker is to ensure that the devices use different circuits. Your TriStar Electric electrician can install a separate circuit in your kitchen. This can enable you to use your air fryer safely and without interruption, while other appliances like stoves or microwaves remain plugged in.
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