I bought a very old house and have difficulty finding a replacement circuit
breaker. The control panel is labeled as Cutler Hammer. The closest
circuit breaker I can find locally is shown at the top of
. The bottom part is the
one I am trying to replace. It has a notch on one side. There is metal bar
inside the control panel that prevents the CH130 from being plugged in,
while the notch on the old circuit breaker allows for the insertion. (The
metal bar is shown in the lower middle part of
Can anyone help me identify what type of circuit breaker this is and where I
can buy these?
There is a Purple book available from CH/Eaton called the YES book. (Your
It shows all of the old Westinghouse and CH out of production equipment and
the current product, if available. You need to find a CH/Eaton Sales office
to get one or to do your research. A wholesale house might not know that
they even have the book.
I used to work for them, but not in the residential parts. You MAY be faced
with some options that are less desirable than just replacement.
The other posters suggestion of going to the wholesale house is a good
local electrical supply house (YellowPages, "Electic Equipment &
Did that before posting. Home Depot, Lowes and other people in the trade
suggested Platt (the largest electric supplier in Seattle area). But nobody
in Platt had an answer. Also tried ETA (Internet search on its catelog),
eBay, etc. No good result.
The Home Depot sells most single pole and some double pold CH-series of
But they're not going to be able to identify your mystery breaker, just
offer a suitable replacement, e.g. one of the CH-series they have. So
you better know what amperage you want ahead of time.
Your circuit breaker is of the Cutler-Hammer CH series. The newer ones
are of the BR series. The older ones CH series. They don't make boxes
that use them any longer, but still produce CH breakers as replacements.
I forgot to add, your mystery breaker, seems to me like a "CH-Series
compatible" breaker. In other words, a clone. There are a few vendors
of "compatible" breakers, look-alikes. I think that is what yours is.
A CH-clone. The way I'm able to tell is the hole in the lever, and the
notch in the side, and the uncovered hook at the bottom. However it's
DEFINATELY a CH breaker. A CH-series breaker will work great, as it's a
genuine article. All you have to do is figure out the amperage now, but
it's probably written on the front of the switch lever.
Please let me know if anything I've said is helpful to you.
Anthony, you're way off the mark. He has an old "ch" and a new "ch" both
made by Cutler Hammer.. The " BR" now made by Cutler Hammer was the old
Bryant circuit breakers and are completely dissimilar to the "ch"
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