Washer Circuit Requirement Exceeds Breaker

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Washer Circuit Requirement Exceeds Breaker

I want to buy clothes washing machine and accompanying "Pedastal Washer" which sits underneath it, both designed to wash clothes simultaneously.
Their combined "Minimum Circuit Rating" is 25 Amps, but my breaker is only 20 Amps.

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How much current are these machines likely to actually draw?

Top Washer:
Minimum Circuit Rating: 15 amps
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Bottom "Pedastal" Washer:
Minimum Circuit Rating: 10 amps
https://www.kenmore.com/products/ken...e-02651992000p
 
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Old 01-22-17, 08:30 AM
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Landury circuits have been 20 amps for many years and easily handles a washing machine and gas dryer. An electric dryer will require its own 30 amp 120/240 volt circuit. The laundry circuit should be able to handle two machines, but not three.
 
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Since you are installing two washers, and their total required power exceeds a single 20 amp circuit, you will need two separate circuits; one for each. If you will also have a gas dryer it could share one of the two circuits.

You might get lucky and be able to run them for a while off a single circuit, but sooner or later they will both be pumping and spinning at the same time and pop the breaker.
 
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There is much confusion between minimum circuit rating and amp draw. Here minimum circuit rating is the company being lazy and not providing full information. There are very few houses in the US that have more than one 120v circuit for the laundry. If this drawer washer won't work on the same circuit as the main washer you would see it in the reviews.
 
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Are you just adding the motor loads or is there something in the instructions that state minimum size circuit of 25 amps?
 
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It seems like both of these units will be OK on a 20A circuit.
 
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