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Old 07-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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So I have a 15 AMP tandem breaker in the panel that has me a little concerned. The first circuit of the tandem breaker is powering the refrigerator drawing 8.50 AMPS. The second circuit on the tandem breaker is powering the garbage disposal and dishwasher. The GB is drawing 7 AMPS and the dishwasher is drawing 8.1AMPS.

My question is does the breaker share 15AMPS total between these 3 devices or does each circuit have 15 AMPS total?

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So I have a 15 AMP tandem breaker in the panel that has me a little concerned. The first circuit of the tandem breaker is powering the refrigerator drawing 8.50 AMPS. The second circuit on the tandem breaker is powering the garbage disposal and dishwasher. The GB is drawing 7 AMPS and the dishwasher is drawing 8.1AMPS.

My question is does the breaker share 15AMPS total between these 3 devices or does each circuit have 15 AMPS total?
each tandem has a 12 amp rating but as breakers trip on heat it might serve you better to swap the fridge to a full size breaker.,

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Not sure if this has any significance, but when I bought the house (its a foreclosure) the original dishwasher and the GB that came with the house didn't work. Not sure if that is due to a power issue or negligence to the appliances.
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So I have a 15 AMP tandem breaker in the panel that has me a little concerned. The first circuit of the tandem breaker is powering the refrigerator drawing 8.50 AMPS. The second circuit on the tandem breaker is powering the garbage disposal and dishwasher. The GB is drawing 7 AMPS and the dishwasher is drawing 8.1AMPS.

My question is does the breaker share 15AMPS total between these 3 devices or does each circuit have 15 AMPS total?
It is to separate breakers of 15 amps each. Not a total of 15 amps in one unit. You are fine as long as you are not overloading that one leg too much, that you have that tandem on. Then you end up with a imbalance, that one leg has a higher draw on it, then the other.
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