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Old 08-14-2018, 05:18 PM   #1
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Need electrical advice

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I have a '66 Safari which has the small 115v panel. Someone added a window a/c unit in rear window so I assume they put a 30A main disconnect on the left and a stacked dbl 20A breaker on the right side. I'm guessing there was 2 single 20A breakers originally? Anyhow, one breaker powers the AC and curbside power, the other appears to power the streetside outlets and refrigerator. I'm replacing gas only water heater with a 110v/gas unit and need to access power. Everything's in the wall, so cannot access anything. Shy of double tapping one of the breakers(which I'm not even sure I could, it's so tight), or running a wire from the refrigerator outlet back seems like only options. Anyone else have any experience here or ideas? Thanks so much! Greg
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I would replace the panel. Install a 3rd breaker for the water heater.
Can you route the new wire beneath the cabinets? In an area where it won't be damaged?
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Checked for 30A panels, and appears they all have 2 breaker lugs. Should I be looking for a 60A panel with 4 or more, since it's going to have a 30A main, it'll only be 30A, correct? Thanks so much for your help!
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Yes.
The main breaker should be 30amp. Even if you go with a larger panel.
Check the type of breaker you currently have. You can use them in the New panel if that panel uses the same type. You will only be out the cost of one breaker and the panel.
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