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Old 01-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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upgrading amperage?

Hi all, I'm a new homeowner, and an electrical newbie. Please help me get a general idea of my options in the following situation. All of downstairs lights and outlets sit on one circuit breaker. This worked fine, but a couple of days ago we wanted to plug in an electric area heater in the office. The breaker shut off immediately. What are my options? Can that circuit be upgraded somehow? Split off a separate circuit? (I don't think the panel has any unused slots) Is there anything I can do without opening up the wall? Thank you!


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How far is the panel box from the outlet that you plugged in the heater?


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I don't know if there is magic can be done here.... first thing you need to do is probably finding the load map of all your circuits... from there you may get an idea what to do next....
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:11 PM   #4
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You either need to find a circuit that does not have any load on it as KUI****G said, or a better solution will be to add a new circuit.

A space heater will likely overload any existing circuit. Especially in an olde house.
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