Double pole breakers are circuit breakers used to deliver power to 240-volt circuits while preventing electrical hazards. They are required for many household devices and appliances, and deliver twice the power of a single pole breaker.
Double pole breakers take power from two legs in an electrical panel, making the power that is drawn flow evenly and run efficiently.
A trip breaker handle on the double pole breaker activates at once if the breaker is overloaded to prevent electrocution. This handle can also be manually operated to turn the breaker off.
Double pole breakers are commonly used for appliances such as clothes dryers, air conditioners, water heaters, well pumps and more.
Check any appliance or device for specifications on what kind of circuit breaker is needed to make sure that a double pole breaker is the best choice.
Double pole breakers look like two single pole breakers stacked beside one another, with one switch in the center to control the power.
Single Pole Vs. Double Pole Circuit Breaker
Circuit breakers are used as safety devices to prevent an electrical circuit from drawing more current than it’s designed to use, preventing...
How Does 2-Pole Circuit Breaker Work?
As you might expect from their name, circuit breakers protect us against loose electrical current that can ruin appliances or fixtures, start...
How to Know the Different Circuit Breakers
In most modern homes, the electric is managed and delivered by an electrical service panel. This panel is where the feed coming...
How to Wire a 2-Pole 60 Amp Breaker
In the United States, electrical outlets have a designated energy level of 120 volts. However, the maximum possible voltage is 240 volts....
How to Wire a Double Pole Breaker
Certain appliances, as well as service-panel subpanels, require 240-volt circuit breakers, also known as double-pole breakers. Double-pole breakers are twice as wide...
How to Wire a 50-Amp Double Pole Breaker
Wiring a 50-amp, 240-volt, double-pole circuit breaker is a relatively easy project, even for the beginner, but you do need to understand...