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It was explained to me the breakers are to protect things from fire. The GFI is to protect you from shock. When a GFI trips, it might be a bad GFI, but make sure your kids and dogs assume that it is the appliance is bad.

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It was explained to me the breakers are to protect things from fire. The GFI is to protect you from shock. When a GFI trips, it might be a bad GFI, but make sure your kids and dogs assume that it is the appliance is bad.
This is a really good explanation. Anybody should be able to understand what it's saying.


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Mine is the samee...just plug it into a different plug ,that is not on gfi, with an extention cord.


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Mine is the samee...just plug it into a different plug ,that is not on gfi, with an extention cord.


I disagree, the GFCI is there to save lives. The cooktop is probably defective and should be tossed.


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harley4275 wrote:

Mine is the samee...just plug it into a different plug ,that is not on gfi, with an extention cord.


I disagree, the GFCI is there to save lives. The cooktop is probably defective and should be tossed.


I'm not real strong on the "toss", but somebody that knows what they are doing to check for small short. But if it is more important to use than to be safe, keep kids, dogs and other important things away from it.

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JRscooby wrote:

beemerphile1 wrote:

harley4275 wrote:

Mine is the samee...just plug it into a different plug ,that is not on gfi, with an extention cord.


I disagree, the GFCI is there to save lives. The cooktop is probably defective and should be tossed.


I'm not real strong on the "toss", but somebody that knows what they are doing to check for small short. But if it is more important to use than to be safe, keep kids, dogs and other important things away from it.
It could cost more to repair than to replace the unit.

I would hope that a rational person would consider it more important to be safe. GFCIs are designed to protect you from potential electric shock. To me this trumps any "use" consideration.


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JRscooby wrote:

beemerphile1 wrote:

harley4275 wrote:

Mine is the samee...just plug it into a different plug ,that is not on gfi, with an extention cord.


I disagree, the GFCI is there to save lives. The cooktop is probably defective and should be tossed.


I'm not real strong on the "toss", but somebody that knows what they are doing to check for small short. But if it is more important to use than to be safe, keep kids, dogs and other important things away from it.
It could cost more to repair than to replace the unit.

I would hope that a rational person would consider it more important to be safe. GFCIs are designed to protect you from potential electric shock. To me this trumps any "use" consideration.

Ok guys . So .i pluged mine into a regular plug. My bad ... How many campers or tenters plug an extention cord into the 15a plug on the pedistal (that is not a gfci ) and run griddles ,kettles and coffee makers off that .

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You could possibly have a heating element going bad in the cooktop unit that's allowing AC current to leak to ground thereby tripping the GFI.


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Ok guys . So .i pluged mine into a regular plug. My bad ... How many campers or tenters plug an extention cord into the 15a plug on the pedistal (that is not a gfci ) and run griddles ,kettles and coffee makers off that .


I would be very suspicious of a campground that has such an outdated electrical system the the 15/20a receptacles are not GFCI protected. I haven't seen that for ages.

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It could cost more to repair than to replace the unit.


This is likely true. If I had the issue, I would test with a meter. Any sign of contact to ground, I would take it apart. Working on a dead animal, so nothing to loose. Looking from inside, if don't see a loose connection or worn insulation toss the pieces. I might learn something, and I can be sure nobody gets hurt trying to use it.

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I would hope that a rational person would consider it more important to be safe. GFCIs are designed to protect you from potential electric shock. To me this trumps any "use" consideration.


Same hope, but no faith. Protect the valuable. LOL

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