||08-29-2013 06:12 PM
Breaker amperage for bathroom
Hello all. My mom just recently moved into a "new" house. The house itself isn't new, just the fact that she moved into a different house. The house was built around 1985 and is located in western Pennsylvania. She got a home inspection but she wanted me to look at the electrical a little more in detail. During my "inspection," I discovered that the bathroom circuit was on a 15 amp breaker. This has the two outlets in the bathroom (Gfi protected) and also 3 plugs in the master bedroom (Not Gfi) beside it. Code nowadays requires the bathroom to be on a 20 amp circuit with the outlets being gfi protected and the bathroom circuit to be dedicated to just the bathroom. I'm not really familiar with the 1980's codes so did they not require a 20 amp circuit and for it to be dedicated. The kitchen is the same way. 15 amp circuit for 2 counter-top plugs (not gfi) and also has the kitchen lights on it too.