Cheyenne Electric Inc.


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4425 - C Treat Blvd. Suite 107
Concord, California 94521

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Six steps to avoid Overloading circuits:

1) Read the amperage on the breaker that keeps tripping.

2) Read the circuit legend to find out which room or particular load it feeds.

3) Turn the breaker off and unplug everything on that circuit; you can use a lamp to test the outlets to see if they are "hot".

4) Circuit breakers may only be loaded to 80% of their rating. If the breaker had a rating of 20 amps, 80% of its rating would be a 16 amp load. Likewise, a 15 amp breaker is capable of providing a 12 amp load when applying the 80% rule.

5) Start plugging things back in one by one and adding the amperage of each device. Appliances all have a sticker on them somewhere with the amperage on them. And for lamps you can use this simple formula to calculate your "Lighting load": WATTS / VOLTS = AMPS. A 100 watt bulb on a 120 volt circuit: 100watts /120volts = .833 amps, if on a 240 volt circuit: 100w/240v = .416 amps).

6) If you determine that you still have devices to plug in and not enough capacity on the breaker, now it's time to call the experts at Cheyenne Electric Inc. and have our qualified electricians add additional outlets on a separate circuit.

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