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Yes, it is fine to put two wires on the output of a circuit breaker, but the wire sizes should each be suitable for the breaker size. That is, don't use two 14 Ga wires on a 20 Amp breaker assuming they will share the load. Each wire must be suitable for the full load the breaker will allow.

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SOURCE: Ground Fault circuit Breaker trips each time a load is applied

The most likely causes in their order of probability are: 1) water somewhere in the circuit causing the hot wire to ground; 2) a legitimate trip caused by a defect in a device plugged into the circuit; and 3) a defective GFCI breaker. In the first case, wait until it has been dry for about a week and see if it trips. In the second case, make sure there is nothing plugged into the circuit and try resetting. In the third case go ahead and put the regular breaker in, then put a GFCI outlet into the first box downstream from the breaker. If installed according to the directions, that outlet should protect all of the outlets downstream.

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SOURCE: I have a Sylvania circuit box and need to replace

There are literally dozens of brand options on the market. All are to specified standards. Contact any electrical supplier to obtain one for your system.

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Posted on Mar 21, 2010

SOURCE: Can a Cutler Hammer 2 pole 100 amp CH series

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Looking up your breaker at Eaton, I found the chart that shows below:
Other than the chart, I do not know the specifics of your breaker.
You can add a comment, and I can help you with your wiring project.
Another good source of information about specifics are your local Graybar electric supply house, or any local supplier that specializes in electric wiring.
Having a local electrician stop by and look at your project for a fee might be a good investment long term because that person knows local codes and restrictions.

The #1 Data Table from manual shows CU/AL which is copper/aluminum
2/0 wire fits CH145 CH245 CH150S breakers

See the manual

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My Sylvania - ground fault 15 amp breaker (32740) is tripping with minutes of reseting. It is for 3 washrooms & hallway & is 30 years old .....does or can it loose its life span? What is the cost...

A circuit breaker can go bad, but usually not in the way that you describe. That's not to say that it can't happen, but just not typical. GTE Sylvania breakers were once popular - I installed quite a few GTE / Sylvania electrical panels in homes in the late 80's. You may have trouble finding replacements; do not put an breaker that "fits" into the panel, unless the breaker is designed for use in the panel you have.

The first thing to do is determine the source of the problem. The breaker will trip, but not indicate if it was the result of a heavy electrical load or a ground fault condition. A 15 amp circuit breaker is designed to carry up to 12 amps continuously. The greater the load, the more quickly it will trip. it may carry a 14.5 amp load for several minutes to an hour before tripping, and a 20 amp load may be carried a second or two. GFI breakers are designed to carry 5 thousandths (.005) of an amp (or 5 milliamps) to ground, or the 12+ amps to neutral before they trip.

The way I would attack the problem is to install a new GFI outlet in front of the old wiring, by "inserting it" between the panel and the other plugs and lights, switches, etc on that circuit. The GFI outlet will provide the same GFI protection that the circuit breaker provided at a fraction of the cost.

Turn off the old GFI breaker, and remove it completely. Install a new, standard (non-GFI) single pole 15 amp circuit breaker in its place. Completely remove from the panel the cable that the old GFI breaker fed. Buy a new electrical outlet box (surface or flush mount as desired) that is large enough and deep enough for a GFI plug and 2 cables (if surface mount, use a 4" square deep box and appropriate cover - or if flush mounting use a deep plastic / fiber single gang box). It will be installed in a place close to the panel, but where the old cable will be able to reach inside. Bring the old cable removed from the panel into the new box. Run a new cable that has the same number and size wires from the panel into the new box, too. Connect the circuit neutral and circuit ground to the neutral and ground bars in the panel (they are probably the same bar) and the hot wire to the circuit breaker. make sure that the circuit breaker is OFF. Twist the two ground wires together and combine an 8 inch length of bare or green insulated wire with them in a wirenut.

Next, wire a new GFI plug in the new box. Connect the green wire from the wirenut to the green terminal of the GFI outlet.

Connect the plug's LINE terminals to the neutral and hot wires in the cable that you ran from the panel to the outlet box.

Now, connect the GFI plug's LOAD terminals to the neutral and hot wires in the cable that you removed from the panel and reinstalled into the new outlet box.

Secure the GFI outlet into the box and install the cover. Cover the electrical panel.

Power up and test. if the GFI trips, there's a ground fault in the circuit. If the circuit breaker trips, the circuit is overloaded.

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My husband has recently moved & is using several electronics into our spare bedroom & he keeps flipping the breaker! We have a sylvania breakers What do I need to do to fix this problem

Circuit breakers trip when then get hot.
They get hot when the line draws too many amps.
If breaker does not trip, then line overheats and causes a fire.

So tripping breaker warns that too many watts are being used.

Best solution is to run additional circuit into bedroom.
Another solution is to run extension cord from another room and plug one big item onto that cord.
I had same problem in a house we rented.
I pulled back carpet in corner and drilled a hole into basement, and then brought extension cord up from below. When we moved, the carpet went back down.

If you are qualified to work on circuit breakers inside the main box, you can move wire to another same-size circuit breaker to see if breaker is faulty. Do NOT put that wire on a larger amp breaker.

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Feb 21, 2011 | Sylvania Electrical Supplies

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The red 20amp braker at the bottom of my box keep berking with only a small amont of things pluged in. Any part of the house THE SAME BRAKER brakes . is that right? The same braker?

sounds to me that the breaker is getting weak,try replacing breaker with new one,if it still trips then you have electrical problem in a circuit.

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I have an Electric Furnace rated at 45 Amps/240v. Would a 45 amp breaker suffice for this unit?

Most likely not.Heating equipment circuit breakers have to be calculated at 100% of the load continuous. That would mean the circuit breaker would have to be rated at 45amps continuous. Most breakers are not. Most breakers are rated at 80% of their rating for continuous loads. So if you installed a 60 amp circuit, 80% of 60 = 48 amps. This would fit your requirement. That would be a 60amp breaker, with #6 cu conductors.

Oct 31, 2010 | Sylvania Circuit Breaker

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I have a Sylvania circuit box and need to replace a 2 pole 30/30 amp breaker. Sylvania does not sell breakers anymore, is there another brand that is compatible?

There are literally dozens of brand options on the market. All are to specified standards. Contact any electrical supplier to obtain one for your system.

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Mar 21, 2010 | Sylvania Circuit Breaker

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There are companies that specialize in used / obsolete electrical distribution equipment. Larger areas may also have "brick and mortar" stores to shop. If no such store exists near you, try googling "used GTE cicuit breaker" When I did I got a bunch of results including this one:

I hope this helps!

Oct 27, 2009 | Sylvania Circuit Breaker

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I need a new 15 amp breaker and can not find Sylvania

Since Sylvania changed to Chanllenger later own, there are only a few options, " hope depo" may have a replacement breakers, but Cutler Hammer "BR" style should work. If they won't fit i would call the oldest electrician in town and see if he has a few in the van!

Apr 03, 2009 | Sylvania Electrical Supplies

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Living in a double wide and am having problems with the circuit breakers tripping frequently and the breakers seem to very warm to touch. Is it possible the breakers are wearing out and should be...

If the power used through a breaker exceeds 80% of its rating for an extended period of time, the internal parts will start to degrade. This can result in one of two possibilities:

1) The breaker will trip with a load less than its rating (your case)
2) The breaker won't trip at all or only under severe over current (not good!)

Given the age of your unit, I would suggest that you invest in new breakers, These should be available for no more than $5-$10 each depending upon the current rating. Also check for any corrosion inside the breaker box. That also will account for some of the heat you are feeling, I would also suggest that a licensed electrician inspect the box and wiring for any other signs of degradation.


Feb 19, 2009 | Sylvania Circuit Breaker

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