By Eloy from New York, NY
You need electrical help. Unless you want to burn the place down. Really. I get the lectures from my husband about fuses vs circuit breakers. 2 + 2 will always be 4. Meaning unless you fix the problem, you will be popping circuits or blowing fuses.
The popping or blowing is a sign that Something is wrong and must be fixed.
And no to the extension cord. Those are means for temporary 4-6 foot issues, not room to room to room. That is so scary to think about. I have a 100 yr old home, and we have had to do the new electrical thing. Or house insurance will not cover you!
You probably need to call an electrician and have him make more circuits. I had a whole house (very old house that used a fuse box located on the front porch of all places) on 20 amps once and I had to be very, very careful. Luckily I didn't have a dishwasher. I had a gas kitchen stove, a gas dryer, a gas water heater and a gas floor heater. I checked amperage on all other appliances, and ran the house fairly well for 15 years. I finally had 220 put in for an air conditioner and the electrician added another 20 amps line. I felt like I was living in luxury. I could finally have my curling iron heating while I used my hair dryer.
We recently bought a house and have since learned that the kitchen, living room, garage and our bedroom along with half the dining room and the lights on the way down to the basement ALL run off of the same breaker. I do not know how to fix this or to tell what amp breakers to buy if I want to run the rooms on their own individual breakers. Is it ok to have this many rooms running off the same breaker?
We can't even run a space heater with anything but one room turned on or most of the outlets and lights throughout the house go off. I also had an outlet in our 2nd bedroom stop working completely after running a space heater off of it. Please tell me what I can do to fix these problems.
Tawni from Indianapolis, IN
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