15 or 20 GFCIs?

Old 01-22-04, 05:16 PM
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Question 15 or 20 GFCIs?

Well, this is a question I thought was already answered for me, but...
When I saw the post of somebody telling that is OK to put 15A outlets in a 20A breaker circuit with 12/2+Gr along the branch... and when I saw that my Whirlpool tube required a 15A GFCI in a 20A breaker circuit with 12/2+Gr ... then I wander, GFCIs in the loundry, counters and bath... can be 15A instead of 20A as I had for granted?
20A GFCIs are the common rule in this places and kind of circuits
and 15A are just when required by manufacturers?
I, have placed near of 6 20A GFCIs and 1 18A GFCI, but I keep the tickets and can return them at anytime.
What do you say?
Old 01-22-04, 05:25 PM
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Anywhere in a residence you can use a 15 amp GFI on any 15 or 20 amp circuit. Code allows for two or more 15 amp receptacles (a duplex is 2 receptacles, GFI included) to be place on a 20 amp circuit.
In a residence there is no need for ANY 20 amp devices unless it is required by a specific piece of equipment or appliance by virtue of a 20 amp plug. Like an air conditioner of 120 volts and more than a 12 amp draw. Most 15k and 18k BTU A/C's are like this.
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Speedy's right. Use either.

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