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Old 11-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
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Hello DIY,

Question for you guys as Im not sure where else to go for such a thing.

Our basement suite has been rented recently to two young girls. Our previous tenants never had issues, which makes me curious.

Anyhow, one breaker in particular is breaking frequently as they've said. I flipped the breaker off and took my currency tester, and traced how many outlets and lights are connected to this breaker.

1 bedroom light, 4 bedroom outlets and 2 of those over the sink outlets that shut themselves off in case of water or shorting. The research I did, proved that wasn't excessive or even pushing it. Is that correct?

My next questions went to them, what are you guys using to blow this?
Hair dryers, straighteners, kettles, coffee machines. Are these types of things particularly high in amp draw?

MY newest issue, is that they are claiming that the kitchen outlet has "fried" their kettle and coffee maker and are asking we reimburse them. Is this my fault? I'm doubting its just coincidence they both broke due to age or whatever.

Can someone please please shed some insight on this for me?

Thanks,

Brent
What type of breakers are they ?
You need to find out what appliances they are using.
as there are many maybe's.
As for your power circuit burning out there appliances,
Possiable but its a long shot at best.
Coincedance.

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #17
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Hello DIY,

Question for you guys as Im not sure where else to go for such a thing.

Our basement suite has been rented recently to two young girls. Our previous tenants never had issues, which makes me curious.

Anyhow, one breaker in particular is breaking frequently as they've said. I flipped the breaker off and took my currency tester, and traced how many outlets and lights are connected to this breaker.
Did you map the whole breaker box that what I will do that in first place and the basement suite and your upstair is on the same breaker box ??

1 bedroom light, 4 bedroom outlets and 2 of those over the sink outlets that shut themselves off in case of water or shorting. The research I did, proved that wasn't excessive or even pushing it. Is that correct?
Bedroom light et receptales that I am not worry about it BUT the sink receptles that is a no-no right there it should be on it own circuit and per NEC code it should have two circuits for kitchen / dinning room area so that you will have to address this part.

My next questions went to them, what are you guys using to blow this?
Hair dryers, straighteners, kettles, coffee machines. Are these types of things particularly high in amp draw?

All those items you posted they are high current drawages Hair dryer can hit 1500 watt easy , hair stragihters typically 300 to 500 watts easy some more. Kettles 1500 watts no question asked ditto with coffee machines when they are brewing them it will go much as 1200 watts but done brewing but keep it warm it will drop down to about 150 watts or so keep it warm ( there will be thermosat to cycle it )

Those item I have see it all the time and I have three daughters so I know how hard they are on the system. ( they manged to trip the breaker over in France as well )


MY newest issue, is that they are claiming that the kitchen outlet has "fried" their kettle and coffee maker and are asking we reimburse them. Is this my fault? I'm doubting its just coincidence they both broke due to age or whatever. Well that is iffy case but you will have to check for loose connection or MWBC ( Multi Wire Branch Circuit ) if you do have red conductor in there then you have MWBC and if you have bad netural connection if you have hevey load on one side of MWBC the voltage will drop while the other side will rise if the netural connecton is comperised.

Can someone please please shed some insight on this for me?

Thanks,

Brent
My answer in bleu however you should take care the kitchen area that should be it own circuit anyway and by the way check the bathroom receptale it should be on it own circuit as well as I mention above.

Merci,
Marc

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