18A Treadmill connected to 15 amp circuit breaker - OK?

Old 01-04-14, 08:35 AM
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18A Treadmill connected to 15 amp circuit breaker - OK?


My new treadmill has a sticker on the back that says 120V 18A. It is a 3 HP treadmill.

It has a standard plug so I connected it to one of the outlets in the bedroom that runs on a 15amp circuit breaker (14 gauge wire).

I expected the circuit breaker to trip once the treadmill starts running but so far nothing has happened.

Is it OK to continue operating a 18A treadmill on a 15A circuit?

Unfortunately only the computer nook, kitchen, garage, and washer dryer have 20A circuit breaker (12 gauge wire).


BTW it is a Livestrong 13.0T treadmill FWIW
Old 01-04-14, 08:44 AM
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It's not pulling near that many amps. That may be initial startup...but even that sounds kinda high.

At the gym we've had 2 similar treadmills running on a single 20A circuit with no problems.

Don't worry about it.

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