All steam cleaners in the jewelry business should be able to operate
properly on a GFCI circuit. The from Steamaster “I called
Steam Master and they said that they don’t make their steam cleaners
to work on a GFI outlet. They said that the heating element is in
water, so of course it will trip.” is wrong. The Steamaster, like the
Reimers, Grobet, Hoffman, and others are grounded and the heating
element is encased in a waterproof metal sheath. Electrical equipment
near water should be plugged into a GFCI circuit for the safety
benefits. Also, for safety and fire hazzard reasons, do NOT plug your
steam cleaner into an extension cord or power strip.
Ocassional GFCI circuit breaker tripping is caused by minor steam
leakes inside the machine, or extensive use allowing excessive
moisture to get inside, water near the foot switch, sitting on a
towel or rag that will attract water and release the moisture into
the bottom of the machine, or the beginning of an electrical failure
in the machine. Also, these machines draw about 11 amps and if other
equipment is on the same circuit it may trip by exceeding the GFCI
To head off problems, do not plug other large equipment into the same
circuit as your steam cleaner. Also, do your best to keep the outside
of your machine clean and dry.
The Jewelry Equipment Dr.