Breaker keeps kicking off

Breaker keeps kicking off

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wondering

Paris, TX

#1 Jul 12, 2009
My breaker has shut down at least a dozen times since about 6 this evening. I'm running 3 120 units for the past 2 months. It only seems to effect the front part of the house. I have electricity toward the back of the house when the breaker kicks off. Any ideas?
Woobies

Paris, TX

#2 Jul 12, 2009
wondering wrote:
My breaker has shut down at least a dozen times since about 6 this evening. I'm running 3 120 units for the past 2 months. It only seems to effect the front part of the house. I have electricity toward the back of the house when the breaker kicks off. Any ideas?
All of your window units are on the same breaker. When they wired your house, they put all of the wall outlets on that front of the house on the same breaker. It can't hold that load. Have it rewired or put in a bigger breaker..........
cash

Clarksville, TX

#3 Jul 12, 2009
your house is going to burn
wondering

Paris, TX

#4 Jul 12, 2009
Woobies wrote:
<quoted text>All of your window units are on the same breaker. When they wired your house, they put all of the wall outlets on that front of the house on the same breaker. It can't hold that load. Have it rewired or put in a bigger breaker..........
Thanks, I've been trying to get a hold of my landlord to let him know. Will it be safe for the time being if I shut off my br unit? I have 2 disabled people in my household and don't want to risk a chance of fire.
wondering

Paris, TX

#5 Jul 12, 2009
cash wrote:
your house is going to burn
Are you serious?
Advice

Paris, TX

#6 Jul 12, 2009
wondering wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks, I've been trying to get a hold of my landlord to let him know. Will it be safe for the time being if I shut off my br unit? I have 2 disabled people in my household and don't want to risk a chance of fire.
Don't put in a bigger breaker, that really will cause a fire. It is most likely caused by the extreme heat we are having. The compressors on the A/C units are not cycling off due to the high heat, and thus are getting hot and pulling more current than the breaker can handle. Try turning down the thermostats a little on each of the window A/Cs that are on that breaker. Also, turn off any other appliances on the same circuit. The breaker will trip before the wiring gets hot enough to start a fire.
Woobies

Paris, TX

#7 Jul 12, 2009
wondering wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks, I've been trying to get a hold of my landlord to let him know. Will it be safe for the time being if I shut off my br unit? I have 2 disabled people in my household and don't want to risk a chance of fire.
Advice gave you some good advice. They are pulling harder right now. I would not want to turn them off for the disabled people. I would turn them to a more acceptable temperature. I also might turn on off for a while and cycle them through so that everyone can have a chance to be cool. If you only have 2 pulling on the breaker, then it should not trip it. If you have 3....that was a no-no from the start. Your house is not going to burn down from this. That is what a breaker is for. However, if a breaker ever welded itself to the buss of the panel then you have a big problem. If you have a landlord, I am sure they will tell ya to turn it down....or up rather. Good luck.
wondering

Paris, TX

#8 Jul 12, 2009
Woobies wrote:
<quoted text>Advice gave you some good advice. They are pulling harder right now. I would not want to turn them off for the disabled people. I would turn them to a more acceptable temperature. I also might turn on off for a while and cycle them through so that everyone can have a chance to be cool. If you only have 2 pulling on the breaker, then it should not trip it. If you have 3....that was a no-no from the start. Your house is not going to burn down from this. That is what a breaker is for. However, if a breaker ever welded itself to the buss of the panel then you have a big problem. If you have a landlord, I am sure they will tell ya to turn it down....or up rather. Good luck.
Thank you Advice and Woobies. My landlord just left and pretty much explained what you two just said. He also helped me move both hospital beds in one b.r. I'm running 2 units now and unplugged everything else that's not in use. Thanks again guys!
Woobies

Paris, TX

#9 Jul 12, 2009
wondering wrote:
<quoted text> Thank you Advice and Woobies. My landlord just left and pretty much explained what you two just said. He also helped me move both hospital beds in one b.r. I'm running 2 units now and unplugged everything else that's not in use. Thanks again guys!
Glad to hear those people are not going to suffer thru the night in this heat. I am pleased that we were able to help. Take care.
breaker

United States

#10 Jul 13, 2009
wondering wrote:
My breaker has shut down at least a dozen times since about 6 this evening. I'm running 3 120 units for the past 2 months. It only seems to effect the front part of the house. I have electricity toward the back of the house when the breaker kicks off. Any ideas?
I could be that your breaker does not recognize what a 120 unit is. You might want to get a 110 unit. When a breaker shuts off, that means that it has become overloaded. It could be replaced with a larger breaker, but that would be a good way to burn you house down and any reputable electrician would not do it. I would be concerned even now if it keeps shutting off. Are you running anything else electrical that you have not been running? If you want the breaker to stop shutting off you have got to lower the usage going through those wires or install more wires and more breakers.
wow

United States

#11 Jul 13, 2009
cash wrote:
your house is going to burn
Your posts aren't funny, especially this one. I see "alice" has disappeared since you got busted on that one.
Duh

Paris, TX

#12 Jul 13, 2009
wondering wrote:
My breaker has shut down at least a dozen times since about 6 this evening. I'm running 3 120 units for the past 2 months. It only seems to effect the front part of the house. I have electricity toward the back of the house when the breaker kicks off. Any ideas?
Call an electrician.
toilet

Azle, TX

#13 Jul 13, 2009
Advice wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't put in a bigger breaker, that really will cause a fire. It is most likely caused by the extreme heat we are having. The compressors on the A/C units are not cycling off due to the high heat, and thus are getting hot and pulling more current than the breaker can handle. Try turning down the thermostats a little on each of the window A/Cs that are on that breaker. Also, turn off any other appliances on the same circuit. The breaker will trip before the wiring gets hot enough to start a fire.
Advice it is an ac unit you turn up high temp so the unit dont run as much. If you turn it down lower it will try to cool more 100 90. 90 100. If the breaker is popin the it could cauase a fire. Sure glad you shade tree electricions aid fixin my wirein.
toilet

Azle, TX

#14 Jul 13, 2009
back in the 60 early 70 a bunch of electrical boxes. that is the box were your breakers are have aluminum bars and humimidity corrodes that bar and sence you dont go pulling the breakers out to clean them most people are having them pop. If you have not had the 5 dollor breakers and how long have they been in the house. 20 30 40 years. they are made by man and not made to last for ever. might want to think about having some work done on one of the most important thinkgs in your house the breaker box.
toilet

Azle, TX

#15 Jul 13, 2009
breaker wrote:
<quoted text>
I could be that your breaker does not recognize what a 120 unit is. You might want to get a 110 unit.
Dont know for sure but might be some drinkin goin on here. Are they not marked 110-120 volts.A breaker popin only shows that there is a short. shorts cause heat. heat cause fire.

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