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Old 01-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Are you referring to the brightest breaker? That is the water heater breaker.
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Yeah that thing is off the charts as far as the scale on the right.
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What number concern you? 17 deg C is only 62 deg F...that certainly is NOT warm.
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Yeah..as i said none of the circuits are warm at all to the touch.
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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.
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Yes..the scale is 17.4 degrees C. The only thing that is alarming to me is how they stand out.
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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.
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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.
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Thanks for all the replies!!
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What is the temp of the room that the breaker panel is in?
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It was relatively cool.. 50's?
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I'd guess he is ~ 50F

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