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Multi-function Printer keeps on tripping my circuit breaker. What to do?

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Multi-function Printer keeps on tripping my circuit breaker. What to do?

I purchased a new Brother MFP for use when working from home, but every once in a while, it will trip the circuit breaker when sending a request to print. I checked the circuit breaker and it looks like my home office is on the same circuit as the fridge. Is there anything that can be done outside of hiring an electrician to look into this?
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I have the same problem with my Brother printer. Ended up plugging it into a UPS and resolved the problem
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I have a Brother printer and it blinks my UPS whenever I print as well. Make sure you plug it ONLY on the surge protection side on the UPS, not the battery backup side.
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unshavenyak wrote: Thanks guys. What a pain...
Would also be good to note that your fridge should be on a dedicated circuit.

How old is the house? Is the basement finished? Running a new 20amp line to the fridge might be a decent solution.
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SubjectivelyObjective wrote: Would also be good to note that your fridge should be on a dedicated circuit.

How old is the house? Is the basement finished? Running a new 20amp line to the fridge might be a decent solution.
I think it's about 10 years old and the basement is finished, but the furnace room is roughed-in.
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unshavenyak wrote: I think it's about 10 years old and the basement is finished, but the furnace room is roughed-in.
Thats a big yikes as the fridge should have been on its own circuit 10 years ago. Some "no permit" wiring in your house do you think?
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Jerico wrote: Thats a big yikes as the fridge should have been on its own circuit 10 years ago. Some "no permit" wiring in your house do you think?
To be fair, I haven't confirmed if the fridge is on the same circuit. It's labelled as such on the breaker and I took it at its word. I'll have to confirm later on tonight.
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unshavenyak wrote: To be fair, I haven't confirmed if the fridge is on the same circuit. It's labelled as such on the breaker and I took it at its word. I'll have to confirm later on tonight.
Yeah, I would confirm this first, and then base your decision off of that. If the breaker is popping (due to load), then it could make sense. Also, I've seen very specific devices have issues with AFCI's.

As @Jerico said... its hard to believe that it would have been wired like this from the start.

If your kitchen is above your furnace room, or close to, might not be too big a deal to run a new line to the fridge.
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SubjectivelyObjective wrote: Yeah, I would confirm this first, and then base your decision off of that. If the breaker is popping (due to load), then it could make sense. Also, I've seen very specific devices have issues with AFCI's.

As @Jerico said... its hard to believe that it would have been wired like this from the start.

If your kitchen is above your furnace room, or close to, might not be too big a deal to run a new line to the fridge.
Thanks, it looks like I have some research to do. Home ownership and marriage means there's never a dull day... Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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Is it a laser printer? Apparently laser printer can have a pretty high start up surge.
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yes if it has a high current draw at startup you want to look for a hydro circuit that no other appliances are connected to and yes like others have said your fridge/fridgerator should be on its own circuit it should not be shared with other appliances.
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