Newbie. My 15 Amp. circuit breaker trips?


Old 12-02-07, 03:00 PM
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Newbie. My 15 Amp. circuit breaker trips?

I got a lot of things on this circuit, it's on the verge of tripping with everything running, if i run something extra that takes a lot of juice, it trips. My question is can i put in a 20 Amp breaker with out rewiring that circuit?
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Old 12-02-07, 03:02 PM
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No. There is a 15 amp breaker in there for a reason.

Add a new circuit or split the load from this circuit to another.
Old 12-02-07, 08:51 PM
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99.9% chance that connected to that 15A breaker is 14ga wire. The max breaker you can use with 14ga wire is a 15A breaker. By increasing the breaker to 20A, you'll risk pulling 20A through the 14ga wire which is certainly a very real fire hazard.

As racraft mentioned, add another circuit to spread some of that load out across 2 or more circuits. It can be a DIY project if you do your research, or hire an electrician.

Good luck!
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