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Old 02-02-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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Treadmill outlet

I have a bedroom I have turned into an exercise room. 3 walls and the light in the room are on a 15 amp outlet. The 4th wall is on a different outlet, also 15 amp. All the wiring is loomed in white, appears to be 14 gauge.

I have put a treadmill in the room and while I can run on it every time I land (i.e. put load on the motor) the lights in the room dim but never trips to breaker. It may just be in my head, but I feel like the lights dim, the treadmill slows just a little bit. The treadmill has a 15 amp breaker on the body of it, itself.

Can I get this on a 20 amp breaker just in place of the 15? Doesn't seem safe to me. .

Any other ideas? Am I just stuck?
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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You can't put a 20a breaker on a 15a circuit if it has 14g wire

How much power does the treadmill pull ?
What did the Mfg instructions state is required for a power circuit ?

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:44 PM   #3
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Your concerns about the breaker size are justified as Dave eluded to. The breaker exists to protect the wire from overload. A 14ga wire is only good for 15 amps. With a 20 amp breaker on that 14ga wire, your wire could potentially burn up under overload without the breaker ever tripping. Not good!

Might want to look into running a separate circuit for the treadmill, or perhaps a short extension cord to a receptacle in an adjacent area of them home under less electrical load while the treadmill is in use.
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I have a treadmill that would dim the lights, especially when starting up or changing to higher speed. But never seemed to affect the treadmill itself. This was in another house, it's now on a low usage 20a circuit with no lights on the circuit.
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