wiring cooktop-keep current set up or replace?


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Old 05-31-00, 05:48 AM
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I am replacing a cooktop. The current dedicated breaker says "30". The manual for the new cooktop indicates 40 amp. Do I need to install a new breaker and #8 wire or can I leave as is? The current cooktop also indicates that it needs 40 amp breaker, but has been on this 30 breaker circuit for 2 years without problem.
 
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Old 05-31-00, 03:03 PM
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CM,

A 30 amp, #10 wire circuit is adaquate. The 40 amp requirement is if you use all four burners at top heat which would put the cooktop at maximum capacity. Most people do not cook this way, that is why it has worked well in the past on the 30.
Most ranges require a 50 amp circuit but are generally wired at 40. This happens in my part of the country because large developers are always looking for way to cut cost. The bean counters see that they can save $50 bucks per house but multiplied by a couple of hundred and they see big DOLLAR bills.
 
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Old 06-01-00, 04:02 PM
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well put david couldnt have said it better myself........lol
 
 

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