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changing 10 amp breaker to 15 amp

 
 
Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 09:56 am
I just purchased a floor air conditioner 10,000 BTU. It says I need a 15 amp breaker. Can I replace the 10 amp breaker to a 15 amp breaker on the outlet I will be using for the air conditioner?
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engineer
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 10:51 am
@Larry123,
No, not without checking the wiring. The reason there was a ten amp breaker in there to begin with is because current over that poses a hazard.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 11:18 am
@Larry123,
Eng is right of course Larry but when I resort to Google for wire size I m overwhelmed. Maybe Eng will recommend a quickie ref
timur
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 11:35 am
@dalehileman,
I'm always amazed at your poor knowledge as a technical journalist, Dale.

Didn't you ever heard of AWG (American Wire Gauge)?
dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 12:52 pm
@timur,
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...amazed at your poor knowledge...
Yea me too

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heard of AWG (American Wire Gauge)?
Of course but not sure how it bears on the present q
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timur
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 01:41 pm
Dale wrote:

Timur wrote:
heard of AWG (American Wire Gauge)?

Of course but not sure how it bears on the present q

Well, it defines the cross section of a wire for a given current..

How is it complicated for technical journalist in the electronic field?
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 01:48 pm
Ampacity reference chart

says 14 AWG is OK for 18 Amps (2 current carrying conductors) or 15 Amps (3 current carrying conductors) up to 50 ft run length.

http://www.stayonline.com/reference-circuit-ampacity.aspx




dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 04:13 pm
@timur,
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the cross section of a wire
Of course Tim I realize that. My comment was meant to imply not that I don't know the terms but the attempt at Googling just gets too many hits. If Tes is right AWG 18 is probably okay though we're not quite sure of the voltage drop at this load and wire length
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 04:32 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Depending on what else is on the same circuit.
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 04:40 pm
@roger,
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Depending on what else is on the same circuit.

This is US style branch circuit wiring... each outlet has its own breaker, I believe.



roger
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jun, 2016 05:12 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
Not in my house. Not by a long shot. If that's the present standard, I would be interested in hearing more.
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