2 items blowing 20 amp circuit

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Old 08-23-19, 10:17 AM
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2 items blowing 20 amp circuit

I have a 20 amp circuit for my washer/dryer. I also have a microwave and toaster oven plugged into the circuit. Frequently running the toaster oven and microwave at the same time blows the breaker (nothing else on). Is this normal? The wiring is around 20 years old. I know those both have big draws.

Edit: Circuit is 120v as the dryer is gas.
 
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Old 08-23-19, 11:09 AM
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Completely normal.
20 amp at 120 volts = 2400 watts
toaster oven probably 1500 watts.
toaster 1500 or 1800 watts.
Total watts 3000 to 3200. That's more than a 20 amp circuit can handle. Add in the washer and dryer if being used at same time and you are way over.
 
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Okay. Thanks.

There isn't anywhere close I can easily put in some outlets from another circuit. I am wondering if it is worth looking if they pulled 10 gauge wire for this circuit and if so I can upgrade it. Otherwise I guess I just have to live with it.
 
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Old 08-23-19, 12:48 PM
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You can not put regular duplex receptacles on any thing larger than 20 amps.
By code the laundry should be on its own circuit.
If you are capable of pulling in new #10 then pull in new #12 and add another receptacle beside the one that is already there for the toaster and oven. If you pull in a 12/3 you can have a split wired receptacle where each half is on its own 20 amp breaker.
There is no code about putting multiple receptacles receptacles beside each other.
 
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