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dankreboot 12-16-2008 12:01 PM

Old Electric Panel/ Circuit Breaker Box
 
I have a home with a very old circuit breaker and when I have a lot of things running especially with a indoor electrical heater a breaker goes off. I want to buy another electrical heater and I found one with a backup thermal circuit breaker. Will this circuit breaker go off before the main circuit breaker goes off if there is to much power being drawn? I'm assuming that it won't.

Thanks,

jamiedolan 12-16-2008 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by dankreboot (Post 198812)
I have a home with a very old circuit breaker and when I have a lot of things running especially with a indoor electrical heater a breaker goes off. I want to buy another electrical heater and I found one with a backup thermal circuit breaker. Will this circuit breaker go off before the main circuit breaker goes off if there is to much power being drawn? I'm assuming that it won't.

Thanks,

Are you tripping your main right now? Or are you just triping a 15 or 20a breaker for a branch circuit?

I doubt the new heater will solve your problem. It sounds like you are overloading a branch circuit. But I am confused by you mentioning your main breaker, please clarify.
Jamie

dankreboot 12-16-2008 12:31 PM

Sorry for the confusion, I'm tripping a branch circuit.

jamiedolan 12-16-2008 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by dankreboot (Post 198834)
Sorry for the confusion, I'm tripping a branch circuit.

Then Option include:

Then either reducing the load on the circuit (run less on it).

Upgrading the circuit (assuming it is now a 15A, by running new wire 12gage and putting in a 20a breaker).

Add a new outlet or outlets on a new circuit.

Plug the heater in on a different circuit.

Run a smaller heater (with less wattage).

The heater is likely tripping due to the total load on the circuit (lights and other items + the heater), This is not something any heater can detect.

You really should find a solution to this, you do not want to keep overloading the breaker over and over again.

Jamie


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