Range isn't connected to breaker box

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Old 01-08-05, 08:29 PM
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Range isn't connected to breaker box

We bought our house in mar '04 (built in '95) and recently had the oven bake unit go bad. When it went bad we tried to turn the oven off at the breaker box but found that not one of the circuit breakers turned it off. We found some other mistakes on the breaker box list also. We were finally able to go through the whole house and each breaker today. We determined what breaker controlled each light/outlet/appliance, etc. There were two things however that we have no idea about. One is the oven.....it is not controlled by any breaker in the box (trust me...we painstakenly went through each one just for the oven) Also, we do not see a main breaker (although I think it can be outside...but where is the question). We put a call in to the previous owners but they had no clue. Please can anyone help us figure out what is going on? We both know NOTHING about this stuff so please be very easy with any electrical language

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Old 01-08-05, 08:43 PM
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You have apparently been working with a subpanel. You need to find the main panel.
 
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Old 01-08-05, 08:52 PM
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Do you have any suggestions on where to look outside or elsewhere? We checked in the walk-up attic and the garage (where the subpanel is) and outside by the air conditioner units and we saw nothing that looked familiar, but I don't really know what I'm looking for either.
 
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Old 01-08-05, 09:07 PM
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Go outside and find your meter see if it is mounted on the house if so then the main panel should be very close on the inside of the house in relation to the meter. Not always but is quite common.
 
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Old 01-08-05, 09:33 PM
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Or maybe collocated with the meter.
 
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Old 01-08-05, 09:57 PM
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It may be split buss

Your panel may be a split buss type that were allowed in homes for many years. They have two to six double pole main breakers one or two of which will control the power to the other sections of the buss bars were the single pole breakers are located.
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Old 01-09-05, 08:29 AM
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If you turn everything off at the panel in the garage then the whole house is dead except for the oven. So, there either is another panel outside, which we haven't found yet, or it's not connected, which is hard to imagine. If we can't find another panel then what should be our course of action?
 
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Old 01-09-05, 09:17 AM
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trips2001,

Your main service is either buried up to or comes in overhead from a pole to the house. There should be a meter where it connects power to the house. From that point the wires go to a shut-off of some kind. This could be a box with a main breaker right beside the meter, or it could be in a box/panel just inside the house from where the meter is located. Usually it is close to the meter. Where is this panel in your garage relative to the meter?

I would start by closely inspecting the meter and the opposite inside wall of where it is mounted. Look upstairs as well as basement area if you have one. Try to follow the service wire and see if it runs from the meter to the garage.

Look at the breakers in your garage panel and see what the highest rating is. Is there a 200 or 100 amp breaker?

There are other possibilities but let's take these steps first.
 
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Old 01-09-05, 09:28 AM
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Thanks everyone for helping us with this especially since we know squat!! We found the box outside and it had a wire lock but it was broken and we looked and that is where the breakers are. The main, the range, and the two a/c units. so thanks for your help
 
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