I recently had a new service entry put on my house to replace an older one after I had a solar unit installed, requiring more capacity then the old service entry.
After the installation of the service entry, the circuit breakers trip regularly for the stove when I have maybe two burners on, or one burner and the oven.
Prior to the new service entry, I never had a problem breakers tripping on the stove.
My electrician is saying that my old service entry was old and not functioning properly, and now the breakers are functioning normally. He also said maybe I need a new oven (mine is only 10 years old). The breaker’s actually look used to me, but the electrician says they are new (the paint is faded, looked dented, compared with same at home depot, all of which look clean, undented, with unfaded white paint).
The specs on my oven
10.0 kw at 120/240 volts
7.5 kw at 120/208 volts. Its an Eaton Panel with Cutler Hammer breakers
On my service entry, it is hooked up to a 50 amp breaker, which I understand should handle the oven with every burner on.
The electrician does not seemed inclined to take responsibility for the work, saying it must be the stove, or something else with the internal circuits of the house. He no showed after making 4 appts with me to look the system over.
What thoughts do folks have about
a. whether I should cut my losses and call in a new electrician
b. expect him to fix the system for no extra charge, hold him accountable for an incomplete job
c. offer to pay him more money depending on whether he finds a problem with the internal circuitry of the home.
d. live with flipping the triggered breakers several times a week?
OK, he just (finally) came over after no showing for times over several months. He appeared quite irrate toward me, replaced the breaker, and on his way out the door stated, "o by the way, I put in a 40A breaker instead of a 50A breaker, to keep me safe".
Not sure what he meant by that!
Any thoughts would be appreciated.