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Upsizing breakers Is it possible to change a 15 amp breaker to 20 or 30 amp?

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  • ronmantwist Dec 04, 2008

    Thanks, i won't do it....

    I'm having problems running a 1500 watt electric radiator on that circuit....the lighting and outlets for this room are sharing the same 15 amp breaker.

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In short - NO. 15 amp circuits are intended for lighting and outlets and usually have 14 gauge wiring. A 20 amp circuit is usually wired with heavier 12 gauge wire which can carry the increased amps. If you plug in a 20 amp breaker into a 15 amp circuit you run the risk of overheating the smaller gauge wire and starting a fire.

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