Where does my extra circuit breaker lead?


Old 03-07-15, 09:34 PM
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Where does my extra circuit breaker lead?

I am trying to map and label my breaker box and I have identified where every circuit breaker but one goes. With that one breaker turned off (I have always kept it off because I wasn't sure where it went), I have checked every light, smoke detector, fan and outlet in the home (everything in the home has power with this breaker switched off) but I can't identify what circuit this breaker leads to. It is one half of a 15 amp piggyback circuit breaker and it does have a wire connected to it. Any suggestions on something I can do to trace this wire without tearing into the wall?
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Old 03-07-15, 09:56 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Mark it as spare and keep it turned off. It's either really a spare or you'll one day find something dead.
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Radon fan, attic fan, air exchanger (HRV), or damper control. Maybe a light in the attic or outside, like xmas lights. Wired smoke detectors or CO detectors. Sump pump. Electronic air filter.

There are signaling devices that can be attached to a wire and then traced through the walls, maybe a rental place.

Being a dual breaker it is probably not part of the original wiring and possible home owner installed, especially if not labeled. How old is the house?

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Old 03-08-15, 10:16 AM
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You could flip it on and measure with a clamp on amp meter to see if something is drawing power. Do you have a door chime?
Old 03-08-15, 07:32 PM
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I was thinking it could maybe be for an outside receptacle or even a septic system aereation pump.

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