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Taco timers and Surge Protectors

I installed an eternal water heater and a TACO timer recirc pump and first they were plug into the same outlet. The taco seemed to cause a surge and it shut off the eternal. I moved them to separate outlets and put a surge protector on each. One plug belkin. The surge protector on the taco is blown. Is it my wiring, my TACO or my surge protector.


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Do they run at the same time? The two items consume
a lot of power. Check the voltage when they are turned on. If the voltage is below 90 Volts. The power surge at your Taco is great. Then, the surge protector could not
handle the current inrush that's why it's blown off. You
must install a surge protector that can handle the Taco
current inrush.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanks so much. I will check the voltage."

  • rolando ingking Nov 01, 2009

    Ok, Great. Hope that this will solve your problem



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