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Old 11-14-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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Here's some pics of my home's breaker panel. Looks like a 200A service panel with a 50A stove circuit and a 30A dryer circuit. I plan on using the dryer circuit in my laundry room, as it has a wash sink and my brewing room is also on that same floor...plus my rig is all rated for 30A anyway and I may not have a 50A service at my next house.

NOW...just to be sure....the panel DOES say GFCI on the bottom right, but it's only 20A (SWD????). Am I adequately protected with GFCI on the dryer outlet, or am I gonna need to buy a $$$ GFCI breaker for my rig's control panel?

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Old 11-14-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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Just did some research...SWD means "switch duty"....the breaker is apparently able to switch more frequently without wear....as in, the GFCI gets frequently tripped and there is less chance of wearing the breaker out because of it? My concern is that it's only 20A....is it rated lower as a way to protect the wiring/homeowner; i.e. trip at a lower amperage so you don't get fried?

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Old 11-14-2010, 03:55 PM   #3
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I'm no electrician, but that doesn't look like a GFCI breaker to me. I'd think it would have a "trip window" or some other feature to indicate that function. You might pull the front panel off and look for a part number.

It's 20A for a reason, likely wire gauge. You're stuck with that. I don't understand what Panel GFCI is indicating... hopefully someone can shed some light on that.

You probably need to replace your dryer breaker with a 30A GFCI breaker.

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Old 11-14-2010, 04:01 PM   #4
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Doesn't a GFCI also have a "test" function on it? My 50A one does as well as all my GFCI outlets throughout my house.

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Old 11-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #5
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That breaker looks to me like it is feeding a GFCI outlet somewhere else. Do you have any other "panels" that the "Panel GFCI" name may refer to? ie. security panel, low voltage lighting panel, etc?

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I would say that it is most likely feeding a GFCI somewhere. That breaker doesn't look like a GFCI.

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So you have a box outside somewhere (pool area)?

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Well...just got a 30A GFCI on Ebay for $52 shipped. Kicking myself now because I see 50A ones NEW for $50......oh well....I guess it's a good investment either way.

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Well...just got a 30A GFCI on Ebay for $52 shipped. Kicking myself now because I see 50A ones NEW for $50......oh well....I guess it's a good investment either way.
Steve, you can't replace a 30A breaker with a 50A breaker. The breaker protects the wire, which in this case is only rated for 30A. (unless I'm missing something here)
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I have the same thing in my panel. It feeds a gfci outlet near (or right below in my case) the breaker box.

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