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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2011

Electrical box

My electrical box is a mess with no avail lines I cannot run my microwave and toaster at the same time their both on the same shelf 2 separate sockets but they keep kicking the breaker box off is there a company that will come and organize the box and give a few extra lines. But more important will they give a free estimate?

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Hi there, it's Josh from Angie's List.

According to a higly rated electrician on Angie's List I spoke with, the problem is that although the appliances are plugged into separate sockets, they're on the same circuit, which overloads it when used together. He explained that if your outlets are on a 20-amp circuit breaker, and you're running a 12-amp toaster and a 12-amp microwave at the same time, that's makes a 24-amp load, which will trip the breaker.

Most modern municipal electrical codes mandates that each major kitchen appliance should be powered by its own dedicated circuit. He recommended installing a new circuit dedicated to the microwave, which he estimated would cost $225 to $325.

Be careful when you find that your appliances regularly trip the circuit breaker, because it can create a fire hazard, said the owner of another highly rated electrical company.

Both electrical experts also said that most modern appliances demand much more electricity than what the outdated electrical systems commonly found in older homes can handle. The first electrician recommended upgrading your main service panel from 100 to 200 amps if possible.

To answer your second question, yes, many electricians do offer free estimates, but some don't. Be sure to check for highly rated electricians in your area on Angie's List; many providers' profiles include info on whether or not they provide free estimates.

Answered 9 years ago by JP

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