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Old 02-04-2009, 11:55 AM   #1
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I have a small sealed oil heater in my apartment to help out the main AC/heating system.
Last week it fried the connector strip and the socket had a scorch mark.
The apt was built in 1972 and the circuit breakers sometimes blow when I plug in an additional appliance (at least they are working).
So it looks like the system is close to being overloaded.

I have an electrician coming in but I was wondering what kind of questions I should be asking. Does the place need to be rewired and is this really expensive?
Thanks - p

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Old 02-04-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Not sure about rewire, but at least lighten the loads. What type of wiring do you have? Aluminum? Copper? What brand circuit breakers and panel do you have? What is the capacity of the circuit panels and service?

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Are you renting this place? If you are renting, then it is up to the landlord to take care of any problems you have. A heater should never be used on a power strip!!!
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Forgot to mention, if you are renting, its not your responsibility.
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Thanks for the replies - I own the place (its at the beach) and will find out the answers tomorrow.
Thanks a lot - p
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A heater should be plugged directly into the wall not into a power strip or extention cord.
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You said 1972, and the wall plug burned up? I suspect aluminum wiring. Maybe devices not co/alr or co/al.

Panel could be fpe, or zinsco with the burn ups.
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A heater should be plugged directly into the wall not into a power strip or extention cord.

Yes, thanks - I'd just started plugging it into a strip so found out the hard way
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the socket had a scorch mark.
If the plug pulls out easily the contact force is too low and will cause local heating of the socket at heavy current draws.

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