melted breaker contact

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Old 02-27-14, 09:58 PM
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melted breaker contact

Swapping out a dpst 60A breaker for a dryer with a dpdt 40A for some outlets. I saw this on the breaker I removed...should I be concerned?

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Old 02-27-14, 10:07 PM
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Yes, the buss is burned which means the panel is shot. Also, receptacles should be on a 20A breaker max.
 
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Old 02-27-14, 11:17 PM
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Swapping out a dpst 60A breaker for a dryer with a dpdt 40A for some outlets
dpst and dpdt are switch terms.

The basic breaker is a single pole(120v) and then there are two pole(240v) breakers. Your dryer should have been on a two pole 30A breaker.

Like Justin mentioned.....basic receptacle circuits can be NO larger than 20A.
 
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Yes, the receptacles are going on a 20A, typo.
 
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Old 02-28-14, 09:52 AM
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That looks like a thin style Crouse-Hinds 2 pole breaker; Crouse-Hinds panels have aluminum bus that is easily damaged by heat. If you have additional spaces in the panel not being used you can relocate the new breaker to those spaces and blank off the burnt spaces so they won't be used again. If no unused spaces, replace the panel.
 
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Old 02-28-14, 08:45 PM
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I had that same issue on mine ,same side hook design,and i updated the panel breakers and didnt use that spot again,I replaced them with cutler hammer .I also know these can have a issue with the main breaker sticking or not making contact.
 
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