As an example, it is considered a violation of the Code to install circuit
breakers made by one manufacturer into a panel made by another manufacturer unless specifically approved.
is to install the energy management device into a separate listed enclosure.
I have a septic lift pump, two outlets and one light in
my shed. I would like to add a pool pump to the existing 20 amp breaker. Do I need to change the 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp
You should never just swap one breaker for
a larger one. Doing so is a fire hazard, especially if the existing wiring is not able to handle the increase in load.
For this many circuits, you should consider installing a sub panel in the shed, powered by an appropriately sized feeder.
A licensed electrician would have no problem helping you with this project.
Also, pool pumps require the use of a ground fault (GFCI) type circuit breaker for shock protection.
There are also many other requirements specific to pool wiring that your electrician can assist with as well.
What causes a circuit breaker to trip generally? I am having trouble
with one at my house now after trying to replace a couple of light bulbs.
Breakers trip when a circuit tries to draw more current than its rated value.
There is more information about circuit breakers on our website here.
How can I test federal pacific breakers? What testing equipment
or tool required? I usually always replace these but was recently asked about testing them.
I'm not familiar with anything I that I could suggest for testing your circuit breakers.
Due to the checkered past these panels have, it's always advisable to replace the entire service panel.