View Full Version : Bad Breaker?

08-02-2008, 04:55 PM
I just tidied up a 200amp service panel that's been fine for several months but the wires were a mess (unorganized and crowded). A double pole 30amp breaker on the dryer however tips immediately now. the common trip thingiy (bar) popped off and I noticed that only one side was tripping...switched the wires and the same side trips...what's this trying to tell me?


08-02-2008, 05:51 PM
That something is wrong???

08-02-2008, 07:22 PM
bad breaker it seems

08-03-2008, 04:57 AM
what color were the wires on the breaker?
(Did you take the white wire and land it on the neutral bar?)

08-03-2008, 06:43 AM
red and black

didn't even disconnect these wires during the process.

replaced the breaker and it worked fine

(doesn't mean I did everything right, but it seemed to fix the problem)

08-03-2008, 06:52 AM
I used to work in an electronic lab around electrical engineers who would build prototypes of new products. These would have a wiring "rat's nest" and work perfectly fine.

Then they would clean it up and route the wires so it looked nice. As a rule, these frequently would no longer work! :)

08-03-2008, 06:57 AM
electricity is magic...black magic ;)