breaker overload


Old 10-07-05, 04:53 PM
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breaker overload

In my kitchen/ television room I have 4 receptacles along the wall...In these receptacles I have my TV and microwave and phone plugged in..when we run the microwave and tv at the same time the breaker trips...the breaker is 15 amp....can i replace the 15 amp with a 20amp breaker ?...I plan on seperating the receptacles when I remodel the kitchen plus adding a few dedicated circuits...Fridge...microwave ...garbage disp..etc...
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Old 10-07-05, 05:06 PM
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Not unless you want a fire.
Old 10-07-05, 07:28 PM
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There is more to it than just changing the breaker. The problem is the wire - mor likely than not you have #14 wire, which handles a max of 15 amps. If you chagne the braker then you will end up melting the wire.
Old 10-08-05, 05:55 PM
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Consider running a dedicated outlet for the microwave.

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