I'd agree with the others, that it sounds like you've 'lost a leg', but...
Do you reall mean "one side" as in "of the two rows of breakers, the one on
the left/right works and the other doesn't", or that every other breaker
The latter would be a symptom of losing a leg. The former would be just
After you get your surgery and an artificial leg, you need to call an
electrician. Do not touch anything electrical without a electricians
license. Or you will die. You already lost a leg, dont risk the rest
of your life.
The panel I have has a special area at the top where the two legs are
next to each other, to be used for AC, dryer, range, etc. paired
breakers. The rest of the way down it's one leg/side.
It's amazing the things ingenious people can fabricate with metal and
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What does it mean to "balance the load"?
Should my fridge be on one leg and the furnace on the other?
I have two fridges, should I have them on opposite legs?
I have heard if you consistently run one leg more than the other your
bill will be higher because of the effect on the meter. T or F?
In general and practically it is BS for Joe Homeowner.
Now, 30 yrs ago I was chatting with a guy who was the Electrical
Engeneering dept head at tech college. This is an old and sketchy memory
and not sure what I recall vs think I recall. But I do remember the point
of the chat was that you can affect your power bill via capacitance
balancing if I recall. But I think the equipment and whatever else needed
would be cost more than you could save. More like an amusing hobby. Like
some people keep their PC Jr. (with sidecar!) running. May have been
something to do with you buy kwh's but on a lower level you buy sine waves.
Something about the phase and/or capacitance. Bottom line is it is (was
then) possible but not necessairly practical.
Ideally you should draw the same on each leg. A balanced system will have
greater capacity and less voltage drop. Most 240v devices are
self-balanced, and since they are typically your biggest loads, you would
probably have to try to be off by enough to matter much.
defective main breaker in your 220 service.
broken or burned out or fallen power wire.
defective power company meter.
call your power company on this one, it's free.
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