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I just bought a condo they was built in 1994. It turns out my neighbors air conditioner is powered by my ac circuit breaker…

Electrical Question from James about a Swapped A/C Circuit
Background: James, a Homeowner from basking ridge NJ
Question: I just bought a condo they was built in 1994. It turns out my neighbors air conditioner is powered by my ac circuit breaker,will this an expensive fix. I’m assuming theirs powers mine although I’m not sure yet I believe this was a mistake by the builders and not a theft situation. I’m trying to figure out if they association will pay to fix this. Any thoughts on this odd situation – have you ever heard of this before?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question James. No – I have never heard of this before, but can see that it is possible. My guess is that theses two condo units are positioned side by side and that the floor plan is basically mirrored or flipped. And very likely both of your electrical panels are installed in a common wall between the two units, really close to each other. If this is true then what may have happened is that the a/c cables were installed to the wrong panels. Yes,  this can be fixed but one side of the wall will need to be opened up so the cables can be removed and re-routed correctly.  I would contact the company who sold the unit to you and request they fix this. If they would like to located the original electrical contractor and take proceedings that up to them and the legal departments.

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