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If the hot water heater and dryer are both run off of split 15A breakers is it safe to upgrade to 20A breakers?

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2015-07-15 19:51:48
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You live in a mobile home, or older house? I live in a doublewide, and my dryer breakers are 30amp, and the water heater breakers are 20, both 220V lines, shared. The only safe way to answer this is to have an electrician look at your setup and determine if your wiring is capable for allowing a larger (bridge) to be installed. If they are tripping on a regular basis, it may be because you installed a new water heater that requires more current than what the breaker can handle, or a new dryer. The data labels that come with these units/appliances list the energy requirements needed to operate them. But an electrician will be able to tell you for sure.

15 amp breakers are usually feeding #14 wire. 20 amp breakers requires at least #12 wire.

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