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Question – Home with Electrical Overload – Part 2

This 100 year old home continues to have power outages. Now we discover a moisture problem.

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Thanks for the reply !!!!!  I had another power outage 2 days after the first one…

I broke down and called an electrician main breaker was corroded due to moisture. I live in Florida. I have no air conditioning and my breaker box is in the laundry room next to the hot water heater and the dryer … no wonder it was moist in there. Anyway he replaced the main and said the same thing you did, add another breaker to the box.

But then he started saying things like permits, amps ,voltage inspections….it started to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher…mwa mwa mwa mwa……(ha ha). For now I just had to deal with the problem at hand. Once I get my bearings and some money I will figure out what to do and how to do it. I prefer not to have the city and the power company involved.

I think we may get a gas oven and water heater at some point, hopefully it will alleviate some of the pull on the power. And I put up a clothes line over the weekend so I won’t be using my dryer anytime soon … WHAT A NIGHTMARE…

I have no idea how to keep the breakers from corroding in the future. Do you think if I aim a fan directly at the breaker box that would help ?????  I think I’m going to change my web name to  CLUELESS IN CLEARWATER ..(ha ha ha ).

Maybe you should consider installing an exhaust fan in the laundry room? [Click here] for information on exhaust fans. Is the dryer venting outside?
I do remember when we vacationed in Florida how humid it was.

Maybe hang a moisture proof (something) over the panel cover?

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