Breaker replacement

Old 04-21-02, 08:56 PM
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Breaker replacement

I have to replace a 15 amp d-squared to a 20 amp d-squared in my electrical panel.

Any suggestions are greatly apreciated so I don't end up looking like Don King

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Old 04-21-02, 11:48 PM
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My first question would have to be why are you upping the breaker size? You cannot use a 20A breaker on a 15A circuit, unless the circuit is wired with #12awg. I'm not about to tell someone how to burn their house down. If you have a problem with the breaker tripping, consult a qualified electrician, and DO NOT just increase the breaker size.
Old 04-22-02, 09:44 AM
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Wirenut33 is right you are creating a fire hazard if you increase the ampacity rating of a breaker without increasing the ampacity rating of the conductor it protects.

If you are kicking a breaker you are pushing the limits in amps of that branch circuit. To correctly solve the problem of kicking that breaker is to find the appliance that pulls heaviest on that branch circuit and install a dedicated branch circuit to that appliance removing that heviest load off the existing circuit thus reducing the amp draw on that breaker that is tripping.

Split your branch circuit up into two branch circuits carrying only half the amps per circuit.


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