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Old 06-30-2009, 02:07 AM   #1
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I'm curious if anyone knows what code is for Apartment garages. We're considering upgrading the breaker for our workshops which are out of a few of the garage bays located on the property.
I'm located in Colorado. We have an air compressor that keeps tripping the breaker. I'm assuming its a 15A. We were considering going to a 20A. Wanted some professional opinions.
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Changing a breaker to 20A requires replacing the wire from #14 to #12. You can't just swap breakers. And most tenants are not allowed to make such changes without owner approval.

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I'm curious if anyone knows what code is for Apartment garages.
I don't understand the question. I would call the local building department

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I'm assuming its a 15A.
The Amp rating of a CB is on the handle. It should say '15' or '20'
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We were considering going to a 20A. Wanted some professional opinions.
I am not a professional, this is a DIY forum and a lot of professionals are on it.

In general since a 20A breaker is rated to carry a larger current than a 15A breaker then larger wire is also required. 14AWG for 15 Amps and 12AWG for 20 Amps. Call the local Building Dept for the requirements for how to get this done.
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1 G crazy,

Yes, i echo what Just Bill and PaliBob said about the 12g with a 20a breaker. You might be lucky however chances are you won't be, lol. The wire that is tied to that 15a breaker MIGHT and I say MIGHT be 12ga already but it is more than likely 14ga. wire.

You could call an electrician and they can come out and tell you whether or not you can change the breaker or not. It is just a matter of calling in the professionals that are trained in the electrical field.

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