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Old 05-05-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
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I am buying a home in Asheville, NC and the inspection report says "breaker is double tapped and overfused in main panel". I am going to add central a/c to the house. It currently has a w/d, dishwasher, hot water heater (gas), baseboard heat (elec), fridge, range. I don't want a fire hazzard for an electical panel, so what are my options for making this right? Any idea of the cost?
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What is the Hi calling overfused? Do they mean the wire is larger than it needs to be? This is not an issue to have a wire larger than needed. However, if the HI actually means underfused, ie the wire is too small for the breaker, this can be an issue and a fire hazard. There are times when the wire is allowed to have a larger breaker than normal like for a motor load.

Some breakers are listed for use with 2 conductors. What is the brand of panel? What is the breaker controlling that has the double tap?

You may just need to install a breaker to correct this issue.
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Good questions that I have no answers to! I'll see if the HIspc will tell me more about it. The panel is Cutler Hammer, Squre D according to the HI report.
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The panel is a Cutler-Hammer, yet the report says Square D?
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The only person that can tell you if it is safe or unsafe the way it is wired, is an electrician.
I just finished a HI report on a large house, and half the issues he wrote up, were in fact non issues, or not code problems.
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Ok, thanks. I have scheudled an electrician to see what (if anything) needs to be done. It sounded "serious" on the report, but I'm finding out that a lot of the items are more for me to just know about and fix when I can. I appreciate the feedback.
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