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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 replaced?? The unit was built in 1974.

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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.

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