Question about General Electric 100Amp 3-pole circuit breaker
You need an electrician before there is a fire.
If the breaker is not tripping, then the breaker is bad.
Act now before the heat damages the box and you need full replacement.
Absolutely put the metal cover back over the breaker box and keep the door closed.
Move all flammables away fro breaker box area.
Put a smoke detector right there.
Put a fire extinguisher nearby.
You don't put water on an electrical fire.
Before the electrician gets there, turn off as many electrical devices as you can.
Don't run all at one time.
Run just when needed.
Electric water heater.
Big screen TV.
The outdoor lights, and swimming pool pump.
Turn off as many indoor lights as possible.
Now the freezers and refrigerator have to stay on.
Clean out the grilles so they run more efficiently.
Reducing your power consumption will be good practice.
When you call the electrician, tell him the brand and amperage of your main breaker.
If the whole box needs replacement, you might want to upgrade the service to 150Amp.
Some areas, it's code that old panels have to be upgraded to more amperage ... but the electrician will know the details. Call local electric supply house to double-check what the electrician tells you.
Posted on Nov 09, 2010
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