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Old 08-20-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Before intalling a new breaker can someone tell me if it is the right one.

The old is a Challenger C250 50 Amp double pole breaker. The managerof the electronics departmenet at a Home Depot sold me a breaker manufactured by Connecticut Electric that sayhs it is a Thomas & Betts Replacement Breaker for a Challenger 50 Amp Double Pole, 120/240 VAC but it is marked "A-250".

The HD manager wasn't sure if it would work and it looks smaller than the C250.

This controls the circuit for my AC condensor.

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I thought Cutler-Hammer was the listed replacement for Challenger panels.

http://www.eaton.com/ecm/idcplg?IdcS...=1081453631966

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You can legally use a Cutler-Hammer BR-250 in place of that Challenger breaker.
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Thanks guys. I believe HD carries some of the Cutler-Hammer and I will look for the BR-250. Meanwhile, the guy at HD told me if it wasn't the right one to bring it back. I figured out that it works but it is a slim line breaker and while it works it doesn't feel that it is as solidly clipped in place so I will take it back.

Meanwhile though I found out that it popped just as fast as my old breaker. I bought this to rule out the slim possiblity that my problem was a bad breaker. It wasn't. The guys on the HVAC forum are helping me trouble shoot the AC and the breaker was a last itme to rule out before replacing the AC. I won't bore you with the details but thanks for clarifying the breaker question. Installing the wrong or a marginally correct breaker is bad juju.
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I wient to Lowes and they had a 50 A GE two pole breaker that looks like my old Challenger C-250. Is it a legal replacement? It fit and hooked up just like the old one. The throws for the two sides are extenally and internally connected.

The closest I can find to a part number is "THQL2150" on the sku sticker and "G1031" stamped into the plastic body in very tiny letters. Thanks.

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I wient to Lowes and they had a 50 A GE two pole breaker that looks like my old Challenger C-250. Is it a legal replacement? It fit and hooked up just like the old one. The throws for the two sides are extenally and internally connected.

The closest I can find to a part number is "THQL2150" on the sku sticker and "G1031" stamped into the plastic body in very tiny letters. Thanks.
No don't use it The GE breakers mounting foots are shorter than BR-250 or Challanger breakers are I have see it I know techally it do fit but the concats are not excat right spot ditto with mounting foot they will not really hold on very well due they are about 3 or 4 mm shorter.

So the sweet answer is just get proper breaker as KBsparky and Code05 posted and I will mention as well I have listing as well the GE breakers have no bussiness to be in the Challanger panels { for resdentail side }

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Thanks Marc. I will return it and get a BR-250 or a Challenger C-250. It may be only 3 or 4 mm, and I noticed that it didn't quite fit perfectly, I don't mess around with breakers.
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No don't use it The GE breakers mounting foots are shorter than BR-250 or Challanger breakers are I have see it I know techally it do fit but the concats are not excat right spot ditto with mounting foot they will not really hold on very well due they are about 3 or 4 mm shorter.

So the sweet answer is just get proper breaker as KBsparky and Code05 posted and I will mention as well I have listing as well the GE breakers have no bussiness to be in the Challanger panels { for resdentail side }

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I got the BR-250 and it slipped in and fit like a dream. Thank you everyone, again.
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I am glad it work out good for you on this one.

If you have any other question you know where to find us.

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You can legally use a Cutler-Hammer BR-250 in place of that Challenger breaker.


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You can legally use a Cutler-Hammer BR-250 in place of that Challenger breaker.


Why don't you read the full thread before posting? See post #3

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