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fuseone 04-28-2010 11:36 AM

How to find out what breaker I need
 
Ok one of the circuit breakers are bad in my house. How do I find out what kind of circuit breaker I will need and how many amps and how much voltage.

Jim Port 04-28-2010 11:41 AM

The panel brand will tell you what brand of breaker you need. The amp rating of the breaker is typically on the hadle of the breaker. A double wide breaker is for 240 volts, a single wide is for 120 volts, unless it has 2 handles on it. Then it is a tandem breaker which is actually 2 breakers in one case.

fuseone 04-28-2010 12:11 PM

So I have to buy the same brand name circuit breaker as the circuit box? And the circuit breaker onle switch one it. I can look later for the name so that way maybe someone can tell me where I can find them at.

Scuba_Dave 04-28-2010 12:23 PM

For most panels, Yes you need to buy the same Mfg
Some are interchangeable....but you can't just go out & buy any 15a or 20a breaker & install it

If you can tell us the Mfg someone will know your options
If you can post a pic too that might help




Yoyizit 04-28-2010 03:27 PM

If there are compressors on this breaker you might want a CB with a trip curve that can handle this type of load without nuisance trips.

Big N8 04-28-2010 04:19 PM

Take a picture of the panel and post it that will help us understand what you need.

fuseone 04-28-2010 05:38 PM

http://img87.imageshack.us/i/68436524.jpg/ http://img682.imageshack.us/i/image9k.jpg/ http://img87.imageshack.us/i/68436524.jpg/ http://img689.imageshack.us/i/imagex.../image1jv.jpg/ http://img199.imageshack.us/i/image3diq.jpg/ I took a few pictures wasnt sure which I would need sorry took The picutres on a Iphone so there was no flash had to use a flash light.

brric 04-28-2010 05:45 PM

Square D QO breakers.

jbfan 04-28-2010 05:47 PM

A square d, qo breaker should fit.
How do you know you have a bad breaker and not a short circuit?

fuseone 04-28-2010 05:49 PM

Moved the stuff to another breaker and it all works cuz nothing was working with the one breaker. How do I fond out how many volts and amps the breaker needs to be and where can I buy them at?

jbfan 04-28-2010 05:52 PM

The amps will be listed on the breaker, either a 15 or 20 amp.
Is this a single pole or 2 pole breaker.
What does this feed?
Hd, lowes, or a hardware store.

rjniles 04-28-2010 05:53 PM

I know this is a DIY site but a person asking these type of questions should not be changing circuit breakers.

fuseone 04-28-2010 05:54 PM

What do u mean by single pole or two pole?

Normally I deal with cars not houses

jbfan 04-28-2010 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rjniles (Post 434929)
I know this is a DIY site but a person asking these type of questions should not be changing circuit breakers.

I agree now!

fuseone 04-28-2010 05:58 PM

looked and it's a single

So I take it that would be for 120. And yes I understand I'm a new and I accept the risks involved.


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