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jmreynol 04-28-2009 08:08 AM

Sq D Trillaint Breaker problem
My house was built in 1993 and the electrician decided that using the new Sq D Trilliant Breaker box would be the way to go. I think he really did it because he was so darn cheap. My whole neighborhood has these boxes but I digress. Aside from the breakers being as scarce as hens teeth, they also seem to trip more often than any other breaker I have experienced and that brings me to my issue. About 3-4 months ago a breaker tripped and I tried to reset it but no matter what I did the breaker would not reset. There was no load on the circuit so I assumed that the breaker was bad. Fortunately I purchased an extra 15 amp breaker when I re-did the basement so I simply pulled the old breaker and put the new one in. Poof, everything worked fine. When I looked at the old breaker I flipped the tab and it reset but I did not re-install it thinking that there probably was still something wrong with it. Yesterday, my dryer 30 amp breaker tripped and now I can not reset it. I unplugged the dryer and shut down most of the breakers on the panel and it still won't reset. I am thinking that if I pull the breaker it will reset and will work when I put it back in. My question is: Has anyone had issues with these breakers ? I am thinking of having the whole box replaced.

Thanks in advance

md2lgyk 04-28-2009 09:21 AM

I'd replace the panel. Yours hasn't been made since 1991 or so. I prefer the Squard D QO panel, but the Homeline is good too. And the breakers are readily available.

frenchelectrican 04-28-2009 05:54 PM

It will be wise idea to just replace the whole panel due the breaker is pretty hard to find { I know they stop made them way back early 90's } so get a common SqD QO series or HOM series breakers with load centre they are far much more common with this set up.


jmreynol 04-28-2009 07:06 PM

SQ D Trilliant Breaker Box - thanks
Just wanted to say thanks to those who responded. I changed the 30amp breaker and it is definitely broke. I am going to take everyone's advice and replace the whole setup. It will be cheaper in the long run.


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