Breakers Keep Tripping in My Apartment?

I live in New York to start with, if that makes any difference. I live in an apartment and my circuit breakers trip all the time. I'm aware of what it is most of the time, but it seems like most of my apartment is on just a couple of breakers. Just an example, using a space heater and computer speakers in my garage trips a breaker when my roommate turns on an iron in the living room.


Is there anything I can do about this? Is this legal? Also there are regular outlets on either side of my kitchen sink. Shouldn't they be GFCI?

By James from Watertown, NY

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

I don't think there is anything you can do about this except perhaps ask the landlord if there is anyway to have additional circuits put in. I would suspect that the answer would be no, but at least you will have asked. Most older places are not wired with enough different circuits for the amount of electrical devices and appliances that we have today.

Try to figure out which outlets are on the same circuit, and then try to organize your life so that you don't overload those circuits. Appliances that heat - heaters, electric kettles, toasters, coffee makers, irons, etc and the microwave use a lot of power. You will likely not be able to use two of them on the same circuit at the same time. As for now, unplug the heater when your roommate wants to iron.

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