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I'm presently in a rental situation. It's a single family home that's been converted into multiple units. Each floor is on its own panel with its own meter. There are three panels total and each is a 16 breaker GE box.

The panel I am concerned with is supposed to be running a 240v to the dryer in the basement. When I moved in, it was on a double pole breaker. Only one terminal at the dryer was getting 120v, though. After moving the breaker around I discovered that only spots 2a/2b and 4a/4b on the left side of the breaker are providing a load to the dryer. I also discovered that the breaker labeled "main" doesn't appear to control the power to any other breakers in the panel.

What does seem to control the power flowing to the 30a breakers are the two single pole 20a breakers in positions 4a/4b on the right side. (The main occupies positions 1a/1b/2a/2b). I am thoroughly confused. It's an older home, but none of the wiring here seems to make sense. Does anyone have any thoughts? I'll be happy to provide anything additional.
 
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Pictures speak a thousand words. Most of us are UK based, but we may be able to work out the basics of the problem from some pictures.
 

Lucien Nunes

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Is that panel supplied from an individual PoCo meter, or is it just a check-meter supplied as a sub-panel from elsewhere? It sounds like one hot to the panel is dead, although the fact that it enters via two single-pole 20A breakers makes it sound like a temporary hookup to back-feed the panel, perhaps from a 120V circuit that never had another hot, rather than the real supply it is supposed to have. Beware the possibility that someone has tried to pick up the two hots from different circuits.

Yes, pictures would help.
 

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We are getting more and more members from other countries now we are world wide, our American members will be along later I'm sure someone will be able to help
 

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I'm presently in a rental situation. It's a single family home that's been converted into multiple units. Each floor is on its own panel with its own meter. There are three panels total and each is a 16 breaker GE box.

The panel I am concerned with is supposed to be running a 240v to the dryer in the basement. When I moved in, it was on a double pole breaker. Only one terminal at the dryer was getting 120v, though. After moving the breaker around I discovered that only spots 2a/2b and 4a/4b on the left side of the breaker are providing a load to the dryer. I also discovered that the breaker labeled "main" doesn't appear to control the power to any other breakers in the panel.

What does seem to control the power flowing to the 30a breakers are the two single pole 20a breakers in positions 4a/4b on the right side. (The main occupies positions 1a/1b/2a/2b). I am thoroughly confused. It's an older home, but none of the wiring here seems to make sense. Does anyone have any thoughts? I'll be happy to provide anything additional.
Dhwilson I’m assuming you have a meter so do you have 240 phase to phase on your main breaker and the same thing on your dryer also
 

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