Replacing Pushmatic Circuit Breakers
One and Two Pole Pushmatic Circuit Breakers: I need to replace Pushmatic UBIP230 Circuit Breakers.
Pushmatic Circuit Breakers
- We have a house built in 1951 with the old style Pushmatic circuit breakers.
- We are needing to replace the 220 dryer breaker. It is currently set up with two 1 pole 30amp breakers that have a steel push bar on them so both breakers can be reset with one push.
- Ive been told that they can be replaced with a single 2 pole 30amp breaker and the pics Ive seen looks as though it would be a good fit. the part numbers i have found are UBIP230 for the 2 pole, and UBIP130 for the single pole.
- Just want a second opinion before I do anything because from what Ive seen these are expensive breakers and if i can buy 1 instead of two for the same price that would help! whats your opinion?
Any advice would help!
This electrical question came from: Hugh, from Wichita, Kansas.
Thanks for your electrical question Hugh
Installing Pushmatic Circuit Breakers
Application: Installing or Replacing a Pushmatic Circuit Breaker.
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools, voltage tester and protective safety gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the make and model of the panel and the condition of the existing electrical circuit breakers and wiring methods.
Precaution: For safety the main circuit breaker should be turned off or any other disconnect means that would deenergize the panel before replacing a circuit breaker, however turning off the main circuit breaker may not deenergize all of the areas of the panel components and wiring. This is an extensive project that requires experience and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to electrical panel or electric circuits should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected
1 Pole and 2 Pole Pushmatic Circuit Breakers
Installing a 2 Pole Pushmatic breaker or an Approved Tie bar
- When purchasing a 240 volt circuit breaker it is best to purchase one 2-pole circuit breaker instead of two 1-pole circuit breakers.
- Tie bars can be installed to create a 2-pole breaker out of two 1-pole circuit breakers if a 2-pole circuit breaker cannot be located, just be sure the tie bar is UL approved for the application.
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