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GE THQB 1 pole 20 Oily liquid appears to be seeping from multiple breakers, different panels but not all breakers. Breakers installed 1992. Any thoughts?

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Hi,
There is no liquid in those breakers to seep out... my thought would be that some one used an anti oxidate compound on the wires when they installed them and that is running a bit as the breakers and wires heat and cool....
I would just check the wire connection for tightness and as long as the connections are tight I would not worry about it...

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