HELP - fire hazzard??


Old 09-09-00, 03:07 PM
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I just today found out that my cooktop/oven is on a 30 amp breaker when it should be on a 50 amp. This circuit originally had a wall oven connected to it with the cooktop being on a separate circuit. In 1980 we put an all in one unit in on the wall oven circuit. We didn't consider about the breaker. Just figured an oven was an oven. We have never had a problem with this appliance electrically or with the breaker tripping. Is this a big hazzard??? What should or can be done about it? This all came to light when we got our new dryer last week. Found out the dryer was plugged into a 50 amp outlet with a 30 amp breaker. This got me to wondering about the oven so I checked it out. I plan on getting some samples of wire to see what gauge is actually running thru these circuits. p.s. This wiring was all done by the previous owners.
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Old 09-09-00, 04:35 PM
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this is a p.s. to my post. My breaker is 2 30 amps connected by a bar. Does this equal 60 amps?
Old 09-09-00, 05:35 PM
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What you have described is not a problem. A 30 amp circuit feeding a 50 amp appliance or plug is on the safe side. If it hasn't been tripping the breaker on the oven, I would not worry about it.

A 30 amp circuit requires no. 10 wire while a 50 amp circuit requires no. 6 wire. If you were to change the oven breaker to 50 amps, it would require installing no. 6 wire. In other words, if it ain't tripping, don't fix it.

In regards to the breaker description you gave, it is a 30 amp. double pole breaker - not 2 30 amp breakers.

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