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Do you have to change the wiring as well as the circuit when changing to a higher amperage?


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2015-07-15 18:31:58
2015-07-15 18:31:58

Definetely, in 23 yrs I have never had a case that would allow the wire/breaker to remain.


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This doesn't make sense, "current" is "amperage" so the higher the voltage the lower the amperage, and the lower the voltage the higher the amperage.

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Usually the current rating for a circuit is higher than the current usually taken. This leaves a little margin for safety.

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Circuitry wire size is based on the amount of amps that the circuit is to draw. The higher the amperage the larger the wire size has to be.

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