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Old 11-06-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Got up this morning and my heat wasn't coming on.
Went out and checked the 60 amp breaker in the outside box and it was tripped. I flipped it back on, the heater came on for about 5 minutes then tripped again. Did this 3 or 4 times. I figure it's a bad breaker. I looked on the side and there's some kind of white stuff oozing out of it. I'm assuming this isn't normal.
I don't see a main switch to cut off the electricity. It's got two big wires screwed onto the breaker.
I don't want to get toasted. I'm assuming those wires are hot and I don't want to get toasted. I've got a good electrician but hate to call him if I can do it.
What's the protocol for switching out a breaker ? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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Is it the breaker in the meter box or do they have another breaker in the disconnect next to the outside unit?
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:49 PM   #3
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This breaker is in a box under the meter.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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the big wires are out put wires going to the heater once the breaker is poped out of the rack it will be dead remove the wires and install them on the new breaker It will not matter which one goes on top or bottom it is a 220 breaker when you rack it back in place then it becomes hot again I would not trust removing the wires with the breaker in place and the breaker in the off position unless you put a meeter on it first and make sure it is dead sounds like the breaker is bad the rail behing the breaker is always hot unless you have a main breaker at the top of the panel 200amp or so. what ever you do check it with a meter to insure no power if you chose to remove the wires while it is still in place. not a hard job at all just be carfull hope this helps ya
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is it by its self or does it have several breakers in the box
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Turn off the main breaker then the panel is dead. Should be the top breaker.
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There are about 6 breakers in the box.
I thought there would be a main breaker on top but I didn't see one. They are all just in a row, like 3 on the left and 3 on the right. How do I identify the main ?
I've got one of those little $10 jobs that beeps when a wire is hot. Some wires it beeped on and some it didn't.
I had trouble with this breaker back in the summer. My father-in-law happened to be over here and he took it out. We took it up to HD and the clerk said there didn't appear to be anything wrong with it. Took it back home, popped it in and it worked until today.
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send me your number I can walk ya through it
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:58 PM   #9
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Very simple, Just take the two side by side breakers with the two wires (220 V) out of the holding bracket. The breaker goes in first with the end closest to the two wires so you must remove it by pulling out from the other end. When the breaker is out just simply unscrew the screw that holds each wire and put the wires back into the new breaker and replace the two married together breakers back in the opposite way you removed, the wire end will go in first. It makes no difference either wire can go to any hole. Just make sure the breakers go back in the same spot. Make sure the switch on the breakers if off when installing them back in.
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Best idea yet call MT0264
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