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07:29AM | 07/03/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
Our house seems to have too much on only a few circuts. For instance, our garage (with opener and outdoor light), 1 of our bedrooms, AND our FURNACE are all on one breaker. There have been times when all 3 have been in use and the breaker has tripped (not good in Wisconsin winter!) We have 100 amp service. I must add the house is about 80 yrs old so obviously the wiring has been upgraded from that old cloth covered wiring. We will be replacing our furnace in a year or so and want to have it on it's own breaker. It doesn't appear that the breaker box is full (there seems to be 2 spots left for circuts). Can we just add another circut to the existing 100 amp breaker for just the furnace and get it off the one it is on now? Of course if we were to do that we would have an electrician do it (I value my life!), what would something like this cost?

Tom O

01:10PM | 07/03/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
The National Electrical Code requires that the furnace be on its own circuit. When this requirement came into being, I couldn't even guess.

However, when homes are re-wired, many things get done due to how hard it may be to run circuits.

You should definitely put the furnace on its own circuit. As for cost, this varies so widely geographically and also regarding how the house is built, that it is impossible to give you an on line estimate.

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