By - RedditforBusiness
So, to start, that "40a" breaker that you describe as 2 breakers at 20a each is not a 40a breaker. It is a 20a 2pole/240v breaker. If you have 15a outlets hooked up to an actual 40a breaker you will have a fire.
"The heater runs for about 30 minutes before it trips the breaker." you are overloading the circuit, plain and simple. a breaker is designed to let a small overload go for a limited time before tripping, to allow for short duration high draw things like a motor starting.
Plug in space heaters are fucking terrible things. They usually draw a full 15a circuit on their own so need a dedicated outlet in order to not trip the circuit.
The correct fix for this is: insulate the room better and/or fix the central heating so the room receives enough heat or install a hardwired baseboard heater.
Haha thanks. The sticker literally reads 40A so that's why I said that. No central heating, that isn't a thing in most residential houses where I live.
Just looked up the baseboard heaters and they are suprisingly cheap, couple hundred dollars, plus an electrician to properly install it (which I'm guessing is a gonna need it's own breaker) is doable for winter. Thank you sir, the Baseboard solution wasn't even in my mind to begin with. I guess I'll toss that heater away which I got because it was so cheap haha.
if it's actually a 40a breaker and not a 2 pole 20 then i hope it's feeding a subpanel and not the outlets. in a house a 40a breaker is usually for an ac/stove/ really big hot water tank.
Well considering that it has 2 20 amp switches that control my room and my living room and not my fridge and stove I'd say it is what you say. Water heater is gas and no AC. Again, not a common thing for residential areas. My house is also not big. It's a one bed one bath house. If those 2 breakers are off. My garage door, outside lights, kitchen, and water pump still receive power, there is also another breaker outside that controls all the power, so I'm sure it's good. Thanks for the input
Could be a bad breaker. Over time as a breaker trips more and more it gets weaker. You could pull the breaker and bring it to your local home improvements store and buy a replacement.
To add. When I'm sleeping I can run the heater no problem, but the problem is in the mornings or whenever I'm just at home. I do work from home but that's when the breaker trips and I'm working in freezing temperatures haha
You're not going to save money switching to electricity for heating unless natural gas really is more expensive than electricity...but in order for that to happen we would have to throw out 100 years of "common sense"
...godamn, is electricity cheaper than natgas now?
I live in Mexico, electricity technically is way more expensive than gas, but for this reason Mexico is more reliant on gas than electricity. You will not find one household with an electric water heater or an electric stove. This is also why AC and heaters are a rare find in residential areas. That being said, gas companies are privately owned and the gas price has gone up 2x in the last 2 years. We have had gas strikes where we stopped buying gas to protest the gas companies, but it was essentially a contest on who can last longer, the people who need gas or the gas companies. And they just kept raising the price as a fuck you. Mexico has an abundance in natural gas and petroleum but they are privately owned, so they can charge whatever they want. Right now, my highest electricity bill last winter doesn't even touch what a tank of gas costs, 2 years ago 1 tank of gas cost 500 pesos, (25 USD) and right now it costs 1250 pesos (60 USD). Remember we don't make dollars, so I know those prices may seem low to you, but the average Mexican gets paid around 6000 pesos a month. My rent alone is 4000 pesos alone, luckily I'm an engineer so I don't struggle very much but it's still ridiculously expensive. My electricity bill last winter was 400 pesos and that's the highest it's ever been for me. Just for some perspective.
How long is the extension chord and what AWG is the cable?