Question about Cutler Hammer Eaton Electical #BD3030 Breaker
A Higher rated Circuit breaker will not solve the problem if is not tripping now and putting in a higher rated breaker could lead to the point where the wiring itself is overloaded without the breaker tripping.
From your description, I think the problem lies where the wiring is attached to the back of the wall outlet. It may have been installed improperly and over time a resistive connection has developed, getting worse as time goes on and caused a noticeable voltage drop, as well as getting hot, when a decent current is being drawn. With the breaker off remove the wall outlet and any evidence of over heating should be readily visible. Cleaning and reterminating should solve the problem. If the connection at the wall outlet is OK, then a similar problem could have occurred where the wiring is attached at any other wall outlets in the same circuit or at the circuit breaker end of the circuit.
Posted on Aug 27, 2010
The breaker does not limit the current until it gets to the point it trips totally.
So the breaker is not involved.
The problem is not the wall outlet because then the lamp would always be dim, not just when you power up the transmitter.
The problem has to be that the wire from the breaker box to the bedroom/office has to be too small. It must be 14 gauge, and have a run long enough for the resistance to build up. If it is 14 gauge, then you should really have a 10 amp breaker instead of a 15. If it does not trip, switching to a smaller breaker will not make any difference in normal use, but will be essential in case of an overload that could start a fire.
So unfortunately what I suggest is running another circuit.
A 10 amp tube radio is very similar to running a microwave oven, and should really have its own dedicated line. I would recommend 12 gauge wire with a 15 amp breaker.
This is not hard to do, and depending on the local building codes, you may be allowed to do it yourself. Ask and we can explain the details, if you are interested.
Posted on Aug 27, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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