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Old 08-18-2014, 07:40 PM   #1
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15 or 20 amp?


My daughter wants an outlet in her basement for a small deep freezer. They have room in their Breaker Box, some I'm going to put it on it's own dedicated circuit.

Was just thinking a 15 amp breaker with 12/2 with ground and a 15 amp receptacle, as this is how my own deep freezer is setup and never had any issues. Although I don't use that outlet for anything else, where she is saying she might use it from time to time for her vacuum too. And now question if I should go with a 20 amp breaker 12/2 with ground and 20 amp receptacle? Thanks
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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Either should be fine. You will have more flexibility with the 20 amp circuit. If you are installing the #12 you might as well install the 20 amp breaker for the same price and 1/3 more capacity.

If the area is unfinished basement or in a garage you will need GFI protection.
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My daughter wants an outlet in her basement for a small deep freezer. They have room in their Breaker Box, some I'm going to put it on it's own dedicated circuit. Was just thinking a 15 amp breaker with 12/2 with ground and a 15 amp receptacle, as this is how my own deep freezer is setup and never had any issues. Although I don't use that outlet for anything else, where she is saying she might use it from time to time for her vacuum too. And now question if I should go with a 20 amp breaker 12/2 with ground and 20 amp receptacle? Thanks


12/2, 20 amp circuit breaker, 15amp gfci. Done deal.
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Id just put a 20amp breaker in. Going one step above ie larger wire for a case like this isn't worth it.
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If you are running 12/2 anyway use a 20 amp breaker.
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Thanks, I have enough 12/2 laying around so just figured I'd use it, rather than buying 14/2 for a 15 amp circuit.
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Thanks, I have enough 12/2 laying around so just figured I'd use it, rather than buying 14/2 for a 15 amp circuit.
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15 or 20amp breaker is fine, but if you have #12, go with a 20 since the added capacity may be worth it.
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