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In a new house with only the standard outlets in the garage on a 20 amp breaker what is the biggest breaker you can put on the circuit?
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You can't just upgrade the breaker. Its calculated on wire size and other things. You'll have to run different wire if you want to up your amps.
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What size copper wire is needed to be used for a 120 volt outlet placed 56 feet from the house to a garage that i am wiring and should it be on a 15 amp or a 20 amp breaker?
I would use 12-2 with ground (Black, White, Bare). and use the 20 amp breaker. You could use 14-2 with ground and use a 15 amp breaker. It depends and what you are putti…ng in the garage. We are also required by code to put GFCI outlets in garages. If you are putting the wire in the ground you need to use 12-2UF or 14.2UF which is made to be buried underground.
You should read your local electrical code or consult a local electrician. The rules are there for your safety and the safety of the people who will buy your house lat…er.
Can you use a 15 amp 110 outlet on a 20 amp circuit as I am replacing my old outlets with new duplex ones and realized that three of my Kitchen outlets are on one 20 amp breaker?
Yes, you can use lower amperage outlets - the problem would come if you were trying to run a 20 amp appliance on a 15 amp circuit or plug a 20 amp appliance into a 15 am…p outlet. It would be better, though, as some kitchen appliances could exceed 15 amps (toaster ovens, some coffee makers, electric griddles, etc.) could try to draw more than the 15 amps your outlets are designed for. Perhaps you could get some 20 amp outlets and use those 15's in a hallway or something less likely to have high amperage draw.
No. Receptacle is rated at 15 amps and the wire that feeds it will also rated at 15 amps. Since it will take 20 amps to trip the breaker the wire will be become overloaded. T…he above is true only if it is a single dedicated outlet. You can use 15A duplex outlets on a 20A circuit, ie: kitchen and dining room outlets per the National Electrical Code.
The answer is, yes and no. Yes you can physically pull a 15 amp circuit breaker and install a 20 amp circuit breaker into the same slot on nearly all modern electrical distrib…ution panels. No, if the wiring is only 14 gauge then the potential exists to use more amps on the circuit than the wiring was designed for and you could be creating a hazard including fire from hot and shorted lines. A 20 amp circuit require no less than 12 gauge wire. If you are having a problem with a 15 amp circuit breaker that cannot be resolved by replacing the breaker with another 15 amp circuit breaker, it's time to research why the breaker is tripping to start with. If it's tripping because there more than a 15 amp load, it's time to shed some of the existing load on that circuit.
Never upgrade the circuit breaker's amperage unless you have first upgraded the circuit. A 20-amp breaker will pop before a 12-AWG wire will melt. A 25-amp breaker cannot be r…elied upon to protect that same 12-AWG circuit.
Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service. Builders generally hook up to 8 outlets and/or lights per circuit. Builders should not be doin…g electrical installations. In Canada there shall be not more that 12 outlets on any 2 wire branch circuit. Such outlets shall be considered to be rated at not more that 1 amp per outlet. Where the connected load is known, the number of outlets may exceed 12 providing the load current does not exceed 80 % of the rating of the over current device protecting the circuit. A 15 amp breaker can supply 1800 watts total for lights, outlets, etc. (15 X 120 volts= 1800 watts). As a rule of thumb leave 20% "spare" in the event you connect a power hungry item - 1440 watts total. Add up the total wattage of items you plan to plug in to the circuit. This only applies to commercial properties. There is no strict limit on how many receptacles can be connected to a 15 amp breaker in a residential property according to the NEC. The device is a convenience outlet and they are placed for convenient access to power without creating hazards [crossing doorways, etc]
The biggest circuit breaker in any home is the main breaker located in your main breaker panel that is installed where your electrical service cable comes into your home.
You can put 16 standard electrical plugs on a 20amp breaker.
the answer is no period. You will only make this circuit breaker trip more often. you will need to install another 20 amp circuit or install what is called a piggy back circui…t breaker. you can may find this at Lowes or Home Depot or better yet take a circuit breaker out of the electrical panel and go to a electrical distributor.
First off there are instances when you can have only 1 outlet on that circuit. If it is powering a microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, garbage disposal, dish washer,… or freezer then that is all that can be on that circuit. But I assume you are talking about a room circuit. By code 1 outlet can cover a 12 foot area. That is 6' on either side of the outlet. So a 12' x12' room by code needs at least 4 outlets, 1 in the center of each wall. If a wall is over 2' wide it needs an outlet. You can put as many as you want up to a point. It really depends on the load on that circuit. I like to stick with the 12 rule and never install more than a combination of 12 on each circuit. That 12 is a combination of lights and outlets. So if you have 10 outlets and 2 lights you are safe. It also depends on what those outlets are powering. If for instance they are powering hair dryers, curling irons, cloths irons, etc then they pull lots of power. So something like a bathroom should be on it's own dedicated GFCI protected circuit even though it may have only 3 or 4 outlets. A bedroom on the other hand does not pull lots of power so you could easily install a combination of 12 lights/outlets. I cannot cover all scenarios in this short space but use common sense and do not overload the circuit. The main restriction is that the total load must not exceed 20 amps and preferably 80% of that which is 16 amps.
15 amps x120 volts =1800 watts. NEC requires you not exceed 60% of the load. Therefore 1800 x .60 =1080. 1080 watts divided by 120 volts = 9. You can safely install 9 outl…ets on each 15 amp circuit but no more. This is assuming only those 9 outlets will be on the circuit and no lights.
Will my electrician need to run new wire from the outlet to the circuit breaker to change from a 50 amp to a 60 amp outlet?
Maybe not. Since there is no wire with a rating of 50 amps exactly there may be 60 amp wire already installed. Range's use a #8 wire with 50 amp range receptacle for its circu…it. If the wire that is installed now is # 6, that is good for 65 amps, then no wire needs to be changed. The only 60 amp receptacle that will be allowed on the 60 amp cable is a three pole four wire grounding 125/250 volt device. The number will be 14-60R. There is a three phase rated receptacle in the three pole four wire grounding type. It is a 15-60R.
If there is nothing else on the circuit then you could easily install 15. If there are outlets on the same circuit then try and keep the total of outlets and lights to a maxim…um of 15. But in reality the number of devices depends on how many amps each device pulls. Add up the amperage of the recessed lights you are going to install and then add any outlets and what may be plugged into them to get the number you can install. A 100 watt light bulb will draw about 1 amp. So you can easily have 15 on a 20 amp circuit.
There is no reason, it is most likely what the the installer did.
As long as the light circuit isn't over 20 amps.
Really depends on the load you are going to have on this circuit.But a general rule of thumb for a bedroom, living room, dining roomis no more than 13 outlet on a 20 amp circu…it. 120 volts x 20 amps = 2400 2400 / 180 volts = 13.333 outlets I personally never put more than 12 on a 20 amp circuit.