breaker problem


Old 07-11-04, 10:08 AM
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breaker problem

i am running a small air compressor in my garage.the outlet is a gfi and the circuit breaker is a 15 amp breaker.the 15 amp breaker keeps tripping when the compressor turns on.should i move up to a 20 amp breaker? if so,what is the minimum wire gauge that i should be running to use a 20 amp breaker? anybody else run into this problem? thank you.
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Old 07-11-04, 10:53 AM
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Depends on how small "small" is, and what the manufacturer recommends. Do you have access the the manufacturer's literature?

If all the wiring on the circuit is #12 copper, then you can change the breaker to 20 amps. But if there is any #14 on the circuit, then you'll need to replace the wiring first.

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