Question about Cutler Hammer Electrical Supplies
My home is wired with aluminum wiring. Even when the breaker is set to "on", there is no power to outlets and lights. Should I replace the breaker?
Posted by Anonymous on
Nope breaker has to be rated for the aluminum wiring. if your home is wired with al wiring u need to be really worried bout that. it becomes a fire hazard awhile. should only use al for larger size wires and personally I wouldn't do that either
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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!
Posted on Apr 10, 2009
A red indicator means a circuit overload has tripped the breaker. You mentioned a heater? Does the circuit tripping coincide with the heater running? There may be too much load on that circuit.
Contact the original electrician to see if he will come check it out ( licensed, reputable electrician should have no problem with this). If he gives you the run around, find another. Was any aluminum wiring found in the home inspection?
Posted on May 01, 2010
It is a clear case of metal contacts getting heated/melted/burn out due to overload/short-circuit inside. Please get the circuit breakers replaced with a new one to avoid fire hazard.
Posted on Jul 31, 2010
There seem to be several questions mingled in with those 2 questions.
1) Amps can go either way
2) Breakers trip when heat exceeds certain level. Heat is caused by amps.
3) You want to add a subpanel in garage.
I do not know the code in your area for installing a subpanel.
Your plan will work by connecting 6 gauge wire to main breaker, and new 60 amp breaker will protect wires between main box and subpanel.
Remember, wires going into main breaker cannot be turned off without pulling meter.
Some areas require license to pull meter.
4) To work around license and meter-pull, simply replace a 240V breaker in main panel with your new 60 amp breaker.
Then move breakers around to match new set-up.
New subpanel can accommodate two new 240V breakers and one new 120 Breaker
5) 6 gauge wire is correct for 60 amp breaker.
6) I'm not sure what you mean by the box rails?
7) Do you need more amperage on main service?
This means adding a larger service panel with 150 Watt or 200 Watt main breaker.
Some areas require service upgrade when remodeling or adding circuits.
8) How to figure total amp draw at your house.
Add up total watts being used.
For example you have 1/2 Hp motor
754 watts per Hp
1/2 Hp = 377Watts
Volts x Amps = Watts
Amps = Watts divided by Volts.
377 Watts divided by 240Volts = 1.57 amps (plus a bit more amperage when motor starts)
40 watt light bulb divided by 120Volts = .33 amps
Double oven has label located inside door that shows upper and lower wattage.
Dishwasher, dryer, big screen TV, satellite receiver all have labels that show wattage.
Water heater has label that shows wattage of each element.
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Posted on Feb 18, 2011
SOURCE: My old Bryant circuit breaker
The spring in the breaker is worn.Best to shut off main and disconnect breaker,pull out of box and take it to a electrical hardware store.
Home depot and lowes sell many different types.The numbers you gave match nothing i can find.
Posted on Mar 31, 2011
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