Identifying a breaker for replacement

Old 06-26-14, 03:58 PM
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Identifying a breaker for replacement


My mother in law called me saying her dryer only had a light but would not start. I plugged my voltage tester into the plug and it was only getting 120v. After playing with the breaker for a few seconds I noticed it was worn out. Mind you this house is older.

Awhile ago she had an electrician out and she mentioned the breaker to him and he stated they don't make them anymore and he would try to get her another. He never called or came back. Attached is a poor picture of the breaker. I've searched home depot online and lowes and was unable to locate it. I'm sure if I knew the proper name of it I'd find it. Appreciate the help in advance.

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Old 06-26-14, 05:46 PM
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Look's like a SQD tandem ,that is a poor installation ,are there any spare spaces in that panel,probably not or those breakers would not have been used,are they 30amp? These are what you need but i don't recommend it.i

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Old 06-26-14, 05:50 PM
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I agree that they look like the old style Square D QO tandem. I do not think you will find a QO tandem in a 30 amp size for the dryer. The copper wires also are not listed for use as a handle tie.
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Not cheap. $100 on eBay - search for QO23030 - Two tandems with factory handle ties.

Better to look at the overall panel layout and see if some intelligent consolidation can be done with cheaper new breakers.

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