On Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:44:01 PM UTC-7, catnip wrote:
Go through each of the breakers and list every single receptacle, light, ma
chine etc. that it controls in every wall of every room. That’s what the
guy who installed your service panel in the first place was supposed to do
in the first place and if you call an electrician he’s going to charge yo
u a whole lot of money to do it for you.
I would phone your local electrical utility to see if they can send
someone out to check it.
One side shouldn't be any warmer than the other.
Maybe phone the electrical inspector and see if they'd charge anything
to check it.
DONT USE THE PHONE, (unless it's a cellphone). Adding the electrical
power needed to operate the phone will surely overload the electrical
system and cause a fire.
Use a cellphone, or drive to the electric company.
On Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:36:03 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, a hard-wired phone that's not FIOS only uses power that comes
from the phone company.
And a cordless phone uses some of your power, but I think it uses
almost as much when you're not even talking on the phone.
And it's just warm. It's not ready to catch fire yet.
Put your ear up close to the panel and listen for any sizzling sound
which can indicate arcing cause by a defective breaker or a bad
connection on a breaker. If you cut the breakers off one by one until
the sizzling sound stops, that will be the problem breaker and time to
call an electrician. ^_^
You can also hold a relatively small long screwdriver so the blade
touches a breaker and the handle is 'in' your ear - a stethoscope. I
agree sizzling is from arcing, and bad. Humming is normal.
My guess is the right side has 2 pole breakers that were loaded when the
OP noticed one side was hotter. Or maybe random.
I have an infrared thermometer I use to scan a panel and back in the
late 1980's I was working for an electrical contracting company that
had gotten into using an infrared video camera to scan electrical panels
at industrial sites. Non contact thermometers have become inexpensive
compared to 10 years ago when I bought my first one. You can get one at
the normal male's favorite toy store. ^_^
On Fri, 16 Aug 2013 02:11:31 -0500, The Daring Dufas
It could be arcing or inductive heating. Inductive heading happens
when the neutral is not in the same (metal) raceway as the hot.
If you do have inductive heating, (as someone else suggested) turning
off the right breaker will cause the humming to stop.
Isn't it sad? SM could have just politely answered the question but instead
took an unwarranted jab at our new guest. Why? All because *SM* doesn't
like Homeowner's Hub. Who cares *what* you like, Stormie? Worse, still he
constantly reminds us how polite "his kind" is in post after post and how
rude everyone else is while being nasty to a newcomer for no reason.
You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from
thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
It means "actions speak louder that words." It means that no matter how
much SM carps about how civilized his friends are, it's the ACT of slapping
a new guest in the face twice that tells us who he really is, not his claims
of piety. SM seems to have taken pride in both ignoring Catbyte's question
AND insinuating that Catbyte has no right to be here unless they came via
Usenet and a newsreader program. That tells us the kind of man he really
is. A real man might realize he should apologize for such a poor welcome to
a stranger. It also suggests he's obsessed with trying to tell others what
do to, a noticeable problem with a lot of religious people.
Catbyte doesn't care about SM's hard-on for HH. The question was good and
germane to the AFCI upgrading that many people are doing. The answer might
help and number of Google searches in the future. Catbyte ended up
basically solving the problem for themselves by noting they were AFCI
breakers. But Stormie's got to bitch, bitch, bitch: "Oh, you're not doing
it right!! Go away and come back after you do what *I* told you to do,
invader!!!" Typical actions of a serious control freak and someone not
quite properly socialized.
(Catbyte, if you're reading this, come back and visit through any portal you
like. We'll keep the self-appointed captain of the neighborhood Portal
Police at bay. Sorry you had to read about any infighting but this has been
an ongoing problem of bad manners exhibited, ironically, by someone who
constantly brags about how polite he is.)
*A little warmth is not unusual, but if it is too hot to touch there may be
a problem. Feel each individual circuit breaker to see if any one of them
is significantly warmer than the others. If so there may be a problem with
that circuit breaker or it just may have a large load on it such as your air
Age, overall condition, brand (FPE) and room for expansion are the usual
determining factors on breaker panel replacement. You could call a
professional electrician to come in and have a look inside to be on the safe
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