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Hello all,

We live in the 2nd floor apartment of a 2 story home. It's actually a 4 family home, with each apartment having it's own breaker box in the basement. Lately the weather has been rather hot here in NY state, upper 80's and 90's has been regular for a couple weeks. The house is pretty old (built in 1932) and I don't think it's had any major renovations or upgrades in a long time. I think the electrical system is underpowered because anytime we try to run an air conditioner, it blows the breaker, even if it is the only thing running. This happens with multiple outlets in different areas of the apartment. Even if we manage to get one AC running and keep it going, definitely getting 2 going is out of the question. This is a 5 bedroom apartment, so we need to be able to run more than one AC.

I think the main issue is that there are only about 3 or 4 circuits for the entire apartment, with none of them being dedicated AC outlets. I know I cannot do anything myself since it is not my home. Getting the landlord to agree to do anything about it, especially if money is involved will be difficult. I'm just wanting to get some advice on the best way to go about fixing the issues. Could the breakers be replaced with more powerful breakers? Should we try to convince the landlord to install a couple dedicated outlets for AC's? I'm even willing to offer to pay for half the cost of doing whatever needs to be done. I just need to be able to run some A/C's when it's 90 degrees with 79% humidity like it is today. I'd like to be able to propose it to the landlord in the cheapest way possible so that he will be more likely to be willing to hire an electrician to do it.

Greatly appreciate any opinions or options you can give me! I'll give you some details on the breaker box incase any of it is important. Also posted pictures below. All of the circuits say either 15 or 20 on the switch, except the dryer which is 30.
Date: Jun 19, 2017   


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