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I believe that the wires supplying a 30 amp circuit must be at least 10 gauge. If you have 14 or 12 gauge wires going to or from your 15 amp breaker, then drawing 30 amps over it could cause a fire hazard. It's like using those cheapo non-UL certified extension cords to plug a MILLION X-mas lights into (drawing more power than the wires can handle). You also have to make sure this GFI outlet you refered to is rated for 30 amps.

Do not simply swap out breakers. Overloading the wires in the circuit protected by that breaker will cause a fire.

If you need a 30 amp circuit you must run #10 gauge wire.

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Q: Can you replace a 15A circuit breaker with a 30A breaker?
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Do you need to use some type of mini breaker panel with a single 15A circuit breaker to connect a 15A receptacle into a 30A line?

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Can you replace a 30A circuit breaker with a 15A circuit breaker?

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An existing outlet can be converted by replacing the 30A circuit breakers or fuses in the circuit breaker or fuse box with 15A breakers or fuses. The 30A outlet should also be replaced by a 15A outlet. This is all that is required if the wire from the supply to the outlet is 10, 12, or 14 guage. The existing wire should be 10 guage wire to handle the 30A and there will be no problem in the same wire providing the 15A.


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Yes and no. You can't put a 30A outlet on a 50A breaker as it will be a fire hazard. You can put a 50A outlet on it safely. Then you can plug the 30A load into it, but this is unwise and can be dangerous if you don't put fuses in your pigtail adapter. The best solution: Go ahead and install your 30A outlet but replace the 50A breaker with a 30A breaker. This is the safest and cleanest solution.


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You have to replace the wire (as you are increasing the current capacity), the outlet, and the breaker. Essentially you have to remove the old circuit and put in a new one. You can't reuse parts of the old circuit as you are increasing the current capacity and they would be underrated.


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What is a 2 pole 30A circuit breaker?

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Will a 20A 240V breaker be sufficient for a 240V 22A input welder or do you need to go to a 30A?

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In wiring for 220v can one use 2 15a breakers instead of a ganged 30a breaker?

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If a circuit breaker is a 30A 240V for a dryer and the dryer calls for a 20A do you need to change your breaker?

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