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markley 01-22-2013 06:36 PM

Flir image of panel - is this a hazard
 
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Hi all..I have a thermal image of my electrical panel. As you can see a few of my breakers are "warm". The two at the top are GFI breakers for the kitchen. The upper right breaker tends to trip every so often..would this be due to a bad breaker?connection?

Also, you can see the electric water heater breaker (mid right side) which is also "warm", as well as the wire (which you can see coming out of the top of panel). Now none of these are warm at all to the touch, but it seems to me that I have some issues.

Any suggestions?
Thanks!

Bluehawks 01-22-2013 06:40 PM

I would take the cover off and check the amperage of the wires coming off of those breakers.
Most likely they are just fine if they are not hot to the touch.

rrolleston 01-22-2013 07:47 PM

Whatever breaker that is I would turn it off and check that circuit out. Or have a qualified electrician check it out for you. If you have an amp meter it would be nice to check how much that circuit is drawing.

markley 01-22-2013 07:50 PM

Are you referring to the brightest breaker? That is the water heater breaker.

rrolleston 01-22-2013 07:52 PM

Yeah that thing is off the charts as far as the scale on the right.

Missouri Bound 01-22-2013 07:53 PM

What number concern you? 17 deg C is only 62 deg F...that certainly is NOT warm.

markley 01-22-2013 08:00 PM

Yeah..as i said none of the circuits are warm at all to the touch.

Speedy Petey 01-22-2013 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by rrolleston (Post 1099792)
Yeah that thing is off the charts as far as the scale on the right.

What Missouri said. If the user has the thing on a 17.4C scale then that image is VERY misleading.

markley 01-22-2013 08:14 PM

Yes..the scale is 17.4 degrees C. The only thing that is alarming to me is how they stand out.

rrolleston 01-22-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 1099799)
What Missouri said. If the user has the thing on a 17.4C scale then that image is VERY misleading.


My bad now I notice what range the scale was set at. That is not too bad. I know our tankless water heater breakers get warm too.

Speedy Petey 01-22-2013 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by markley (Post 1099806)
Yes..the scale is 17.4 degrees C. The only thing that is alarming to me is how they stand out.

Things are not always what they seem. :)

markley 01-22-2013 08:18 PM

Thanks for all the replies!!:thumbsup:

rrolleston 01-22-2013 08:20 PM

What is the temp of the room that the breaker panel is in?

markley 01-22-2013 08:25 PM

It was relatively cool.. 50's?

bbo 01-22-2013 08:26 PM

I'd guess he is ~ 50F


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