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Power Spike on A Phase #6910 01/14/02 05:28 PM
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Did a service call today at a municipal building where a breaker powering some receptacles (copy machine, computer, fax, etc.) trips intermittently...no rhyme or reason ever few days or so. One phase in the subpanel reads a steady 25 amps while the other spikes every 3 to 10 seconds between 15 and 40 amps. The only circuits in the panel are lighting and receptacle loads. Does anyone have a clue as to what might be causing this?

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Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6911 01/14/02 05:41 PM
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Get that no good #$@@@*& copier on its own circuit. There is a heater in it that is cycling & them babies can draw some serious power for a split second.

Other than that, your SWAG is as good as mine.

Tom


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Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6912 01/14/02 05:52 PM
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Dealt with that problem once too. Moved the copier to a dedicated circuit and solved the problem. The newer copiers seem to draw a lot more than the older ones.

Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6913 01/14/02 05:55 PM
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Have you tried a recording ampmeter over a longer period of time? Maybe one of those Flukes that record the harmonics? Harmonics would be my first impression since you have computers, printers and copy machines.
Just a thought.

Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6914 01/14/02 06:16 PM
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Copier gets my vote.

Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6915 01/14/02 07:09 PM
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copier

Re: Power Spike on A Phase #6916 01/16/02 12:25 AM
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Copier,absolutly. Recently I responded to a call of a CB tripping every now and then with a chronic problem of lamps flickering. Turned out to be three copiers, any of which would cause the lamps to brown out and on the rare occasion when all three cycled at the same time the CB would trip.
Don


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