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Old 11-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Increasing of circuit breaker

I have a 15A breaker for this useful outlet in my kitchen. It because I have 3 high wattage appliances attached to this outlet. It blows all the time if I have more than 2 on at the same time.

Can I just go to my breaker box and replace the 15A and drop in a 20A? Or should an electrician inspect my wiring and make sure it's up to guage (or other problems I'm not taking into account?)
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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Not a chance.
The wire needs to be 12 gauge for a 20 amp. circuit.
Just change the breaker and the wiring becomes the weak link and melts and burns before the breaker trips.
Main reason why code calls for two GFI protected circuits to the outlet over kitchen counters.
Refrigerator, microwave, stove really should be on there own circuits.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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Even on a 20A circuit 3 high draw appliances will trip. You need more circuits, not bigger circuits. Although 20A is required for kitchen receptacle circuits.
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NEVER change a breaker with out first knowing what the cables can safely deliver !
Do you know what size cable it is ?
What is the load requirements ?
I E - How much current does the loads require ?
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And continually overloading a circuit stresses everything in the circuit, not a good practice.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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You really should consider moving one of those appliances to another circuit. The fact that your are tripping the breaker with three appliances in one receptacle means you might be wearing the receptacle out too. What are these three appliances?

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:08 PM   #7
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First, look at the current draw of the 3 appliances. I'm willing to bet the one with the highest current draw is a microwave. I bought a 1200 watt microwave oven recently and right on the instructions it said it needs to have a dedicated circuit.
If you want to make toast and run the microwave at the same time you will have to move one or the other to a different circuit. If you don't you risk wearing out the breaker from tripping it every day.
Or you could hire an electrician to add an additional breaker and pull a new wire to add the capacity you need.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #8
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Do check to see the wire size on that circuit as stated earlier in post,and if its 12/2 change out breaker to 20 .Also move some of load to other outlet.and have a gfci on kitchen circuit.
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