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Answered 2006-07-22 21:04:26

Sure, if you want to keep resetting it. To be safe change to a 20 amp and make sure the wire is no smaller than 20 gauge....pkazsr To recharacterize your question, you asked, "Should an electrical appliance be interupted by a circuit breaker designed to trip at the same request for power?" The answer is no because power availability should exceed demand. Amperage is based upon demand. That is, if you have a 15 Amp demand, you need a breaker in excess of that demand. If my electric shaver requires 15 Amps to run, which is the equivalent of a buzzsaw, I don't want the circuit breaker to trip at that demand. A 20 Amp circuit breaker would be fine. It is a compromise. If the breaker is at 30 Amps it will power my 15A appliance without interuption. However, if I drop my 15A electric facial buzzsaw into water, the breaker will hopefully trip before I no longer need to concern myself about ever shaving again. That is, the breaker should furnish adequate power for normal use yet shut down when there is excessive demand, such as a shortage. Like when my wife tests our breaker panel by throwing a toaster into my bath, ostensibly to warm the water. The water was warmed I assure you.

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