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Hi, the amps would be OK, but you have to have a 230 volt outlet to plug it into, or it will not run. There is no other way to do this unless you run a 230 volt line over to the window unit. You can do this from the outside of the house. This is all you can do unless you move the a/c to where you have a 230 volt plug, and I don't think you want that. This is the only way I am sorry to say.
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The 20 amp would be enough for your AC as the initial current drain will be only when the motor starts ups and will reduce to about half on running.
So provided the AC has no fault of its own the present socket can be used and spcially if the socket quality -- must not heat while the AC is running.

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The existing outlets in my kitchen are 20 amp. Can I replace them with 15 amp GFCI's, which are a lot cheaper than 20 amp? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Best Answer: This is allowed, since a 20 amp circuit has many 15 amp receptacles. It is VERY rare to have any one device pull that much current. Except in special cases, all outlets in homes are 15 amp. 20 amp outlets have a special sideways T for one prong. This is so that a device that requires 20 amps can't be plugged into an ordinary 15 amp outlet. Look around the room - I'll bet there are no 20 amp outlets in sight. Unless you're wiring up a shop, and have a larger than average table saw or planer (which would have a special plug, and probably require a dedicated circuit) then you're fine. As far as cost, 15 amp outlets are $0.88 - $1.50 and 20 amp are $6. My advice is to use a good quality 15 amp outlet over a cheap 20 amp. Always use the screw terminals, not the quick push-in type. The terminals are every outlet's weakest point. With a good connection, you'll be more than safe.

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Is there any harm to using an15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit in my kitchen?


u should always use the proper amp outlet for sake of the hazards

Mar 24, 2015 | Refrigerators

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Dedicated 20 amp outlet


Ideally you should run the line straight from the circuit breaker out to your hot tub, but if the line running from your circuit breaker to the box you're using now is 20amp. you can absolutely connected to that. to be up to code it cannot be an open box it needs to be closed After you wire in your 70ft connection. (that's assuming the box that you're using is dedicated already to your hot tub) then the only difference would be is your using extra line and costing you tenths of a penny extra and electricity per hour.

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How many 15 amp receptacle oulets on a 20 amp CAFIC branch circuit?


The National Electric Code (NEC) does not directly state the number of outlets per general purpose circuit for a residence. They only state that "x" amount of sq. ft. must have "y" amount of circuits and that they be evenly distributed. The number of outlets is then limited by physical outlet spacing rules.

However, a rule of thumb is the points system. A 20 amp circuit is 20 points. A regular duplex receptacle is 2 points and a light is 1 point. You can have any combination of receptacles and lights that add up to 20 points. For example, 10 duplex receptacles x 2 points = 20 points. Or, (8 duplex receptacles x 2 points = 16) + (4 lights x 1 point) = 20 total.

The concept is the same for a 15 amp circuit except the total points will then be 15.

So, the answer is about 10 receptacle outlets per 20 amp circuit. In a pinch, you can stretch that to 12 or so and still be OK.

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How many outlets will this carry?


While there is a practical limit for the number of outlets on a 15 or 20 amp general purpose lighting circuit in a _residence_, the National Electric Code (NEC) does not impose a # of outlets per circuit limit (residential ONLY).
However, some electrician's design general purpose lighting circuits in a residence using a point system. An outlet is 2 points and a light is 1 point. So, for a twenty amp circuit, (10 outlets x 2 points) = 20. Or, (5 outlets x 2 points) + (10 lights x 1 point) = 10 + 10 = 20. Or (8 outlets x 2 points) + (4 lights x 1 point) = 16 + 4 = 20. However you want to mix it up.

Now, if this is for a Commercial building, the the NEC allows no more than 180 VA (Volt Amps) per outlet. 180 VA / 120 Volts = 1.5 Amps.
20 amps / 1.5 Amps = 13.3 outlets. Drop the .3 and one determines that 13 outlets are allowed on a Commercial 20 amp circuit.

Also, if the 20 amp circuit is considered a continuous circuit (ON for more than 3 hours a day), then it can only be loaded to 80%. 80% of 20 amps = 16 amps.

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My fridge trips the breaker when you try to turn it on


I have a couple of things for you to check or rule out. Today, a refrigerator is required by electrical code to be connected to a dedicated, 15 amp outlet because the newer fridges are more efficient and use less than 12 amps. Not long ago, a dedicated 20 amp outlet was required because the older fridges were rated to use 12 amps or more (but less than 16 amps) and needed the larger size circuit. A 20 amp circuit breaker or fuse should not open for any standard residential fridge under normal operating conditions. A 15 amp circuit breaker or fuse _MAY_ open if an older fridge (needs 12 amps of more) is connected. Make sure that if a circuit is opening at the fuse or breaker, it is not because there are several appliances or devices in use and on the same circuit as the fridge.

The same holds true for "ground fault" and "arc fault" type circuits. If an older fridge is connected to such a circuit - nuisance tripping may result. Most newer fridges however shouldn't cause a problem on these circuits. Ground fault circuits have a "test" button on the circuit breaker or, "test" and "reset" buttons on an outlet providing this protection. Arc fault circuit protection is available only in circuit breakers (as of this time - but may become available as outlets some time in the future).

If you need to to try to isolate the problem on a 20 amp circuit, disconnect all other appliances on the other 20 amp circuits in the kitchen and dining room, then see if the fridge stays running. Alternatively, you could use a heavy duty extension cord to connect the fridge to a known isolated 20 amp circuit to see if the fridge runs. This is meant only to troubleshoot - the fridge should not be left connected via extension cord for normal operation.

If you still have tripping, you might need to have the fridge professionally serviced, as a ground fault could be a dangerous condition left unchecked.

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Jul 07, 2010 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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15 AMP versus 20 AMP outlet plug


The circuit is protected by the 15 amp breaker. That's what matters, the wire size and the breaker feeding it. It's OK to have a 20 amp recepticle fed by a 15 amp breaker.

Sep 11, 2009 | Electrical Supplies

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Lights & outlets in addition, how many on 20 amp breaker?


I would say something a little different than SmithBrother. You said you are putting on an addition and you asked how many outlets can you put on a 20 amp breaker. Because of the date on your comment, it is probably a little late to be replying but whaat the heck ... here goes.

I think there is a rule of thumb that you can put about 12 "holes" in a 15 or 20 amp circuit. A "hole" is a hole in the wall where a box would be put for a outlet or a light or a switch. I presume you know to use #12 wire on a 20 amp circuit and while you may use #14 on a 15 amp circuit, I prefer to shy away from #14 wire even though I MAY protect a given circuit with a 15 amp breaker. You can over protect but not under protect. 30 amp is #10 and so forth.

There are lots of other considerations ... too many to do justice in this short comment. However, I will hit a few hi lites. As SmithBrother says, a micro wave should have its own circuit as should a AC or a frig - I think that may go without sayng. I think you are speaking more general use. I believe the electric code says every wall must have a plug in it and you can go no more than 6 feet to get to a plug. So, if you have a 12 foot wall, one outlet in the middle will meet the requirement. There is nothting preventing you from puttine two outlets in that same wall. From my perspective, I want to have lots of outlets and I want them to be convenient for me to use. (There are more than 200 outlets in my home) Another thing, you cant put a outlete over a electric baseboard heater. You can put one at each end of such a heater but not where a lamp cord would lay in top of the hot heater surface.

Regarding the 12 hole rule ... if you have two switches that control the same light, you only count those two switches as one hole even though, obviously, there are two holes in the wall for the two switches. Count a second hole for the light. Conversely, if there is a light and a fan, you should count that one hole in the ceiling as two.

Mar 11, 2009 | Electrical Supplies

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Upsizing breakers


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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