Outlet suddenly trips with new dyer....
Our home is 25 years old. We have lived here for 5 years. We have a small bathroom in our bedroom. It has a regular outlet mounted half way up the wall. It is not a gfi (?) outletÃ¯Â¿Â½ie no black and red button on it. For 5 years IÃ¯Â¿Â½d plugged my trusty Conair hair dryer in the wall and use it. Never blew a fuse. Never had the dryer Ã¯Â¿Â½tripÃ¯Â¿Â½..ie never had to press the reset button on the hairdryerÃ¯Â¿Â½the one built into the plug.
Recently the Conair died. I recall commenting to my wife that it lasted a long time (10+ years and that the new conair 1875W dryer did not seam to be made as well. Note the *new* Conair is likely 3 Ã¯Â¿Â½ 5 years old. It has been sitting as a backup in the closet. I learned long ago that if there are women folk in the houseÃ¯Â¿Â½you better have a backup!
Since using the *new* Conair, the fuse has tripped several times. By this I mean the dryer shuts off and the outlet (and the one in the bath in back of ours) has no power. I run down the basement and will fill find the fuse tripped and IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll have to flip it back.
1) Why would this be happening? Could there be an issue with this hair dryer? Why doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t the hair dryer Ã¯Â¿Â½tripÃ¯Â¿Â½ the switch built into it before my fuse trips? Should I just buy new new dryer? The dryer is 1875WÃ¯Â¿Â½I think the old one was as well.
2) 7 months ago we had a subpanel installed in the basement. Its not active thoughÃ¯Â¿Â½no powerÃ¯Â¿Â½still waiting to finish drywall. Could this have anything to do with it. IÃ¯Â¿Â½d think not since I never had this problem until the old hair dryer died a month ago.
3) Should I have a gfi installed in the bathroom. Would this then Ã¯Â¿Â½tripÃ¯Â¿Â½ allowing me to reset the sucker right there without running down to the basement?
If you guys suspect its just the dryer, greatÃ¯Â¿Â½.but I am curious as to why this happens. Thanks!