What is this thing on the side of my breaker panel???

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Old 01-16-17, 05:51 PM
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What is this thing on the side of my breaker panel???

I have this thing on the side of my breaker panel and am not sure what it is or if I need it. The black wire that i'm holding is connected to it and was piggybacking in a 15 amp breaker. I moved the breaker to try to organize them and the wire no longer reaches. If I need it I will reconnect it, if not I would like to leave it off.

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Most likely the transformer for the doorbell.
 
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Looks like a doorbell transformer. ..............
 
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Old 01-16-17, 05:58 PM
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It's a doorbell transformer.
You can add a piece of wire to it if it needs to be longer.
You can leave it unconnected if you don't need or use the doorbell.

looks like a trifecta
 
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Woah, some quick reponses! OK, that makes sense. Can I piggyback any one of the breakers? It was on a 15amp but now its next to the 20amp arc faults, would it be ok to plug it into one of those?
 
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Old 01-16-17, 06:12 PM
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Only if the breakers are configured for more than one wire. Some are, and some are not. Yours looks like a Cutler Hammer. I would do as Pete says and add a pigtail to it and insert it in the original breaker.
 
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Ok, will do. Thank you everyone
 
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