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Why is the circuit breaker for my furnace stuck in the off position?

The breaker for my furnace is stuck in the off position. We were away for the winter and had someone shut it off, and now the breaker won't turn on at all. We shut off the thermostat upstairs thinking ...
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How do I connect a timer to circuit box which controls our outside lights?

Currently our outdoor lights are being controlled by the circuit breaker in the box. We want to connect a timer to the circuit-breaker. There is a junction box with Black, White and a bare ground ...
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Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?

The breaker box at my brother's house is well marked and balanced except when a breaker is tripped half the house goes out. I'm currently living on the third floor of his house. When I turned on a ...
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Device keeps tripping AFCI device

I have a BedJet device that I run at night that keeps tripping the ARC-fault breaker in my bedroom after about 30 minutes of running nearly 70% of time (other times it works just fine). I have tried ...
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New install: What's causing a tripping arc fault breaker?

We remodeled our home and had all new electrical put it in to plan. For rough-in, the electrician put in regular breakers instead of arc fault breakers. Arc fault breakers are required by code now ...
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Why does a GFCI breaker trip when another breaker is accessed?

I just bought a new house, and on the first day there realized a breaker was tripping. It is one of only two GFCI breakers in the box. It's 20 amp with a bedroom/bathroom on it. I tested every outlet ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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Low voltage fuse blowing in furnace

I have an outside A/C compressor and indoor furnace fan combo in the attic. The unit was off and the 3 amp fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and used the thermostat to turn the fan on followed by ...
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Circuit Breaker change

I am changing a Federal Pacific Electric Co. Circuit Breaker double 40amps but I can't find one. Can I use a double 50? It's for a wall oven?
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What did I do wrong??! Wiring error is tripping circuit breaker

Here's the scoop: There are 3 switches in my hallway. One switch on side A and two switches on side B. Side A switch controls same light as one switch on Side B. I replaced the switch on Side A ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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How do i know if my service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker

We are looking to install a hot tub and trying to find out if our service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker. This is what our panel says but I do not know what all of this means: ...
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Is it safe to pull a continuous 18 amps from a 15 amp outlet?

I have a heater that draws a continuous 18 amps and has a 20 amp plug. I created an extension cord to plug into the wall, however on one end it's a 20 amp receptacle - heater plugged into extension ...
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Powerboard overload switch melted

We came home last night to find one of our powerboards (outlet strips) had melted/caught fire. Pretty scary! Now I'm not 100% sure on what happened but I believe that there was an oil column ...
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Oven suddenly tripping circuit breaker…bad oven or bad breaker?

We have a double Thermador oven in our house. We've owned the house for around two years, and the oven has worked fine up until the last few weeks. Now, using either of the ovens trips the circuit ...
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What would cause an AFCI breaker to trip under no load?

I have an AFCI Breaker that trips with 0 load - nothing plugged in, no lights on. To test that power is getting to the room, I turn on the overhead CFL lights (very light load) and flip the breaker. ...
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How many lights can be on one breaker?

How many lights can be run from one breaker I would like to add two two tube fluorescent lights to a string of lights I have already.
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Power Strip/Extension Cord on TV stand

I have a question. I have a TV stand with a capacity of 80 lb., and on it a TV that weighs ~50lb. On the wall directly behind my TV, I have two electrical outlets. On the floor, I have a surge ...
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Why does my greatroom have a GFI breaker on the circuit?

We moved into a condo in 2012 and have had issues on one of the circuits. The circuit serves the outlets in our great room and sun room. Initially, we would trip the breaker when using the vacuum ...
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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Why does my power keep going out to most of my house?

My power frequently goes out, mostly at night or early morning. Sometimes it goes off multiple times in a row, sometimes just once. Most of the time, I can get it to come right back on by flipping the ...
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Identify fuse that is off/bad but not tripped

I have a set of outlets and an overhead light in the garage that are not powered. I believe I know the fuse they are under via simple labels and from some process of elimination. The fuse is not ...
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2 15 amp breakers to 1 30 amp

I have a wired garage that has 3 wire 10 gauge going in to it. In the panel this wire is hooked up to 2 individual 15 amp breakers. I want to know if i can put in a 30 amp breaker in that spot. The ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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How can I remove a stuck circuit breaker from the panel?

I went to replace my circuit breaker for my dryer because the dryer kept shutting off. I started checking around and discovered when you jiggle the breaker a little the dryer light flicker. I ...
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Wiring diagram to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?

I would like to replace some Knob & Tube wiring in my attic. Currently, the ceiling lights in most of our rooms are all on a single circuit and are branched using many knob & tube soldered ...
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Is it safe to replace a GFCI breaker with an arc fault breaker?

We recently had our electrical panel replaced/upgraded and I noticed that our GFCI breaker was replaced with an Arc Fault breaker. Is that safe? Are GFCI breakers obsolete now?
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Why does this switch throw the breaker when turned on?

I volunteered to help a friend with an electrical problem she was having - two of the receptacles in her bedroom did not work. All the receptacles that I looked at had two black wires and two white ...
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Wire two 14-50 outlets to 50 amp breaker

Was wondering can I add two 14-50 outlets to one 50 amp breaker using 6/3 wire and connecting with wire nuts? Also, recommend PVC or liquid tight flex conduit? Will be in the garage. I want to add ...
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What type of damage can power surges do?

I've lived in this apartment for a couple of years and electricity have always been bad (a demand in power from a device systematically causes others to fade off). I know that a power surge can cause ...
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HVAC tripping breaker - things to check before replacing?

HVAC system (we're in Houston, it's still hot here) stopped working Tuesday. A/C guy came out, determined it was tripping breaker. Would trip immediately after resetting, but after a couple of ...
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Remove power spike when restoring power

I've been experiencing interesting problem recently. When the power goes down, there is roughly 50:50 chance that a circuitbreaker for my plugs trips after the power comes back on. Flipping it back ...
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Low voltage under load from main line

I have two main hot lines coming into my circuit breaker. One has a steady voltage of ~124 load or no load. The other has some mysterious problem. Sometimes it works fine delivering proper voltage ...
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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Can I install tandem breakers in this panel, and would one 20 ampere circuit be enough for a garage?

I'm a home owner searching for information before hiring an electrician to come and do work on my home. What I want: Have a separate breaker\s to service a single car garage. 3 receptacles each ...
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Using a 100A main breaker in a 200A panel

So I purchased a 200A Siemens panel to replace the old 100A sub panel in my house. The main panel is in the garage and is also 200A Siemens and has a branch circuit to the house of 100A. I bought a ...
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While replacing a GFCI I find it has 2 circuits running into it. New GFCI trips

House sale, inspector pointed out the GFCI at the front of my garage was failing his tester. Trip light was always on but it still fed power. Skip to the end if this is too wordy, but I wanted to ...
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How can I replace an I-T-E panelboard? [closed]

I have an old 225 Amp 30 space commercial flush mount sub-panel in my home with bolt on breakers that has worked for years. Now, there's 120v on one bus and 0 volts on the other bus. When I remove ...
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Apartment Circuit breaker flips randomly

I'm not sure how to diagnose or fix this issue. I have seen it happen when nothing is on, when a few things are on, and when the heater is on. It does not appear to matter what the electrical ...
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How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?

I'm hooking a 100A service panel to my meter pan. There is the 100A disconnect panel on the right side that feeds the little house, I'm installing another panel on the left side to service my barn, an ...
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What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?

I've got a Crouse Hinds panel with the majority of the breakers being of the ridiculous side connecting type. The panel and breakers are old and beginning to arc due to the lose connection. I've found ...
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Circuit Breaker installation

Why is it so difficult to put a circuit breaker in? I push the plastic part in but the steel contact does not go in. I broke a single 20 amp...any tricks?
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GFCI Breaker - not tripped = outlets work, turn light switch on breaker trips, lights work but outlets do not

I had a kitchen remodel that went a bit bad with a contractor and his minions. The house was build in 1934 so has a two wire system with a 100A panel. As we remodel we are replacing 2 wire system ...
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Breaker box one 120 slot left but need one for a second 220 or 240 breaker.

My breaker box has only one breaker slot left for a 120 v breaker. I want to ad a 2nd 220 or 240 breaker to a new outlet to plug a heater into for my basement workshop. Is there any way I can do this ...
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Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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Noisy breaker, whats the reason

One breaker started making a noise every time after i put it on, sometimes its immediately after switching it to on and sometimes it starts after a few seconds, and after a while the noise gets lower ...
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Computer makes USB unplugged noise when I run the microwave/heater

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but my computer, heater, and microwave are all on the same socket. I have had times when if I run the microwave, the fuse blows. But just curious, if I ...