Main Breaker Won't Reset!

mpedrummerMay 9, 2007

Gah! Help, please.

I threw the main breaker to my house so I could check out the inside of the panel, just to be safe. Now it won't reset! It's not tripping - it's just kinda floppy and doesn't stay in the "on" position at all. The two poles seem loose - they don't move exactly together.

This behavior continues even when all the circuits are turned off.

Help! Is there some sort of waiting period, or did the main breaker break?

Thanks

MPEDrummer

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
DavidR

Push it firmly into the off position before you try to reset it. If that doesn't do it, it may have flaked out, though that's fairly uncommon. What brand and type is your panel?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 3:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
randy427

Try pressing the breaker switch all the way over to the OFF position. Then switch it to the ON position.
If this doesn't work, the breaker is probably broke.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 3:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mpedrummer

OK - it is all the way over to the OFF position. It doesn't seem to be one that half-trips, though I can't figure out how it DOES trip, now that I look at it.

It's a Craus-Hinds I think, and I'm not sure what you mean my type? It's actual circuit breakers, not fuses, 100 amp service.

Thanks
MPEDrummer

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 3:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
randy427

Unfortunately, you now have another problem. Specifically, finding a breaker that fits a Crouse-Hinds panel. (That division of Crouse-Hinds no longer exists.)
This forum has had several discussions on substitute breakers for Crouse-Hinds panels in the past.
Your panel may have a sticker that lists approved substitues or you may find a Westinghouse, Bryant, or other breaker (series BR, I believe) that will fit.
Bay Breakers and Pacific Coast Breaker advertise having a stock of Crouse-Hinds breakers.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 4:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mpedrummer

Wow...I didn't realize just how screwed I was.

My electrician finally called back - he's telling me that I'll need a whole new service. Do you think that's the case, or is it possible to find a new breaker for this panel? I'm going to go try to find the model numbers, see what I can find out...I really can't afford this right now, in so many ways.

What a lousy day.

MPEDrummer

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 4:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
randy427

Bay Breakers, Richmond, CA, lists a reconditioned model MP2100 for about $50. You can call them with your model number at 1-800-699-2980. (I've never used them, just found them on the web.)
Your electrician probably doesn't want to mess with used parts and knows that inspectors often don't take kindly to substituting breakes from other manufacturers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bay Breakers

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 4:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mpedrummer

You guys rock.

Bay Breakers is overnighting it to me, I should have an exact replacement in hand tomorrow.

Thanks!

MPEDrummer

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 5:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dim4fun

With enough patience, flipping it on and off over and over some breakers will eventually reset. This is only for breakers that you know are just being lazy and not for breakers tripping from a short or ground fault. Replacement is best but when you are really stuck and need the power back now try dozens of cycles before you give up.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 10:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Please Critique Low-Volt (Home Automation) Plan/Proposal
GW/Houzz Community, As always, I want to thank this...
Andrew K.
Dryer power cord next to vent
My contractor is enlarging the dryer vent hole in the...
phil2015
Outdoor subpanel as AC disconnect
Can we use an outdoor subpanel as an AC disconnect?...
ylmzm
Troubleshooting Kohler 12RES Problem
I have a Kohler 12RES generator with an RDT 100 Amp...
sniffdog
Disposer Power Cord
I recently bought a GE disposal online. The model is...
africanboy
Sponsored Products
Zuo Modern Pinery Long Right Corner Chaise in Beige
Beyond Stores
Furniture of America Leillain Trestle Dining Table - Oak - IDF-3883T
$679.94 | Hayneedle
Franklin Loveseat - Lucky Turquoise Blue
Joybird Furniture
T366 Trac-Master Wall Wash / Flood With Barn Doors
Lightology
Recife Saddle Stitch Grey White Rectangular: 5 ft. 3 in. x 7 ft. 6 in. Rug
$99.00 | Bellacor
Thermostatic Shower System & Curved Arm, Slide Rail Kit & 6 Body Jets
Hudson Reed
Emerson Rectangular Outdoor Dining Table Cover - Sand
$399.50 | FRONTGATE
Freesia Charisma Faux Floral Arrangement
$325.00 | Horchow
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™