I had some problems with my washer and dryer, and being the "seasoned
home-owner" that I pretended to be I somehow came to the conclusion
that turning the main circuit breaker off then on would solve
everything. Now only about half of the rooms in my house have power.
The one I turned off is in the garage, but I found the one with all of
the little circuit breakers in my basement. Everything looks good in
that one. I don't really know how this stuff works and I really regret
having touched anything in the first place. Does anyone have any advice
that could save me from calling the professionals?
Thanks for the response. I tried doing that and it didn't do anything.
I have another question. Why is there a main circuit breaker in the
garage and a main one in the basement with all of the little circuit
breakers? Is there any relevence in the fact that me screwing with the
one in the garage messed everything up?
There is a problem with the Main breaker. In simple terms: the Main
has 2 separate sections; each serves (roughly) half the rooms/circuits.
My advice: Do NOT touch it or attempt to turn it On or Off again.
Call the utility and see if they can assist. Not all of them will,
but some try to be very helpful.
Sometimes an older circuit breaker will not reset both poles. I've had this
happen to me, particularly with Federal circuit breakers. Try turning the
main off and then on again and see if that corrects the problem. If not
then you may have a bad main breaker that needs replacing.
It's also possible that you may have a loose connection to the breaker and
by disturbing it you caused the connection to break altogether.
If you're not comfortable working around live circuits, you should call a
What kind of problems are you having with your washer and dryer.?
Good answer from John, the thing to remember is that standard home panel
services are set up with two 120 volt 'buses' and when both poles on the
incoming breaker are not reset or making full contact, only one half the bus
is energized. A cleaning or new main breaker/fuse may be the solution.
I'll bet that the prob with the dryer was it was only running on 120 instead
of the 240 its designed for. BTW, i'm no electrician but a left handed
handyman that has had this happen before.
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