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Old 01-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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I have # 12 from the 20amp breaker to the outlet for a washer. The previous owners then ran #14 from the washer outlet to a outlet in the garage. Do I need change the 20amp breaker to a 15amp breaker (due to the #14) or as long as I have a GFCI rated for 15amp in the garage I should be OK?

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Replace the breaker to 15 amps or replace the #14 wire to #12.

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Actually if this 20 amp circuit is the only 20 amp circuit in the laundry area, then you must disconnect the garage outlet. There is another thread active that is similar to this topic; code reference was made that indicates a 20 amp circuit is required for the laundry area and that circuit cannot leave the laundry area to power anything else.
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I got a 20 amp outlet for gas dryer and a seperate 20amp for the washer outlet and then the outlet in the garage. If I aready have a dedicated 20amp in there, can I still tie the outlet in the garage to the washer? Or would it make a diffence if I plug the dryer into the outlet that the garage outlet is tied to and keep the washer on a dedicated outlet? The dryer takes 6amps and the washer takes 10amp so there is plenty of power to work with.
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..... or as long as I have a GFCI rated for 15amp in the garage I should be OK?
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A GFCI will NOT detect or trip on overcurrent.

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I got a 20 amp outlet for gas dryer and a seperate 20amp for the washer outlet and then the outlet in the garage. If I aready have a dedicated 20amp in there, can I still tie the outlet in the garage to the washer? Or would it make a diffence if I plug the dryer into the outlet that the garage outlet is tied to and keep the washer on a dedicated outlet? The dryer takes 6amps and the washer takes 10amp so there is plenty of power to work with.
If you have 2 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the laundry room/area, then you should be ok to do what Plumbvoltage said:

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Replace the breaker to 15 amps or replace the #14 wire to #12.
The only other option would be a new circuit for the garage.
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Would I need to plug the washer and dryer into the same 20amp outlet, or can I replace the other 20amp breaker with a 15amp and keep the washer plugged in along with the the outlet in the garage. When the washer and dryer usually kick on, is there a rule of thumb of how much more power they used upon start up? I need 6amp for dryer and 10amp for washer.
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Would I need to plug the washer and dryer into the same 20amp outlet, or can I replace the other 20amp breaker with a 15amp and keep the washer plugged in along with the the outlet in the garage. When the washer and dryer usually kick on, is there a rule of thumb of how much more power they used upon start up? I need 6amp for dryer and 10amp for washer.
You could probably use one 20 amp circuit for both the washer and dryer. My washer and dryer have the same current ratings you posted (10 and 6 amps) and never had any issues with the 20 amp breaker tripping. How hard is it to just replace the 14 gauge wire with 12? Then you could keep both circuits as 20 amp.

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