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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Shamokin, Pa.

    Default Re: circuit breaker upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by electricianhelper View Post
    It might be either the wire or the breakers. It may be both. What size breaker is in there currently or is it fuses? Of my understanding HDTV's don't draw that many amps but computers may depending what is ran on them at that time. Check the wire size. If it's anything less that 14, that is your answer or if it's 15 amp breakers, swap them out and try a different one and see if that works. It might be just a bad breaker. What is said with breakers they must be exercised every 6 months to ensure they are working properly.
    I have never exercised my breakers !!!
    Dang, I try to avoid exercising myself...

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Re: circuit breaker upgrade

    To the OP: When you say it trips a breaker do you mean it trips the main or one or more of the branch circuits?

    Regrding the exercising breakers: It's my understanding that breakers as a rule should not be used as switches or tripped more often than necessary as this tends to shorten their life.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Casper, Wyoming

    Default Re: circuit breaker upgrade

    Most homes nowadays, when needing an electrical upgrade do in fact go for 200 amp breakers. I would recommend that , since there are a few guys and numerous appliances, computers etc.
    Find licensed electricians in your area.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Chanute, Kansas

    Red face Re: circuit breaker upgrade

    Several things were brought up on the question. Single breaker tripping or the house main. Size of service etc. Another question might be, what part of San Francisco. In the older part the only approved types of wiring were, wire in flex, wire in conduit and knob and tube. If the house is in a newer area or a newer building and the equipment was setup in a bedroom you might be tripping an arc-fault breaker. But a general rule for loading would be to add all the loads, in watts, together and divide the total by 120. This will give you the total amps of draw. Breakers are built to take short term surges but not to run at 100% all the time. Circuits should not be loaded to more than 80% of the breaker value at any time.

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