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    Default Unknown gerbil-like thing on the side of my service panel?

    Could someone please tell me what this hitchhiker is? It's on the outside of my 100a service panel.

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    Doorbell transformer.

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    I was expecting something more gerbil-like.

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    What kind of "gerbils" do you have in your cage, most are furry little creatures? That is a transformer, probably for a doorbell/chime, but could be for some other low voltage application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rousifier View Post
    Could someone please tell me what this hitchhiker is? It's on the outside of my 100a service panel.

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    that's funny unless it's not protected properly by a breaker.
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    That transformer could be for the Thermostat on the Heating/AC unit also,

    Or for a battery charger on a Security system.

    It looks like it does go to some breaker in the panel.


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    It is probably "piggy backed" onto the circuit breaker for some other application, rather than having a dedicated one just for the transformer. Most HVAC transformers at the unit and controlled by the unit's power on/off switch. Why is the cover removed from the service panel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    It is probably "piggy backed" onto the circuit breaker for some other application, rather than having a dedicated one just for the transformer. Most HVAC transformers at the unit and controlled by the unit's power on/off switch. Why is the cover removed from the service panel?
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    To me you win the cigar, because I got one just like it, and it is for my doorbell.

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    Doorbell transformer.

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    quote; Gerbel open house day.

    My wife freaked out any time the kid's gerbils got out and had an "open house day".
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    Thats not a gerbil or a transformer - its Spongebob!

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