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I am trying to find out if a stove and a dryer can be on the same 40 amp circuit and be able to operate both safely? Thanks for your help.

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No! THESE need THEIR OWN BREAKER.

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Can 40mp dryer and 40 mp range be computable


Hi - I'm an electrician an would like to help you with your question.

But - Umm.. huh?

By "40mp" Do you mean 40 amp? They are both "computable" but I suspect that you meant compatible. If so, yes, 40 amps is 40 amps regardless of what it supplys, as long as the wire is the right type and size. I haven't seen a 40 amp residential dryer though. Residential electric ranges and electric dryers are both 240 volts - but the dryer is usually a 30 amp circuit (#10 copper) and protected by a double pole 30 amp circuit breaker. The range is a 40 amp circuit (#6 aluminum) and protected by a double pole 40 amp circuit breaker.

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I purchased a 7000W Westinghouse Portable Generator to back feed my circuit breaker box. The cable is rated to 30amps. Do I use a 30 amp or a 40 amp circuit breaker? Thanks, Mike


1) Match wire and breaker:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Color-codewire.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

2) 7000 watts divided by 240 volts = 29.1 amps.
30 amp breaker x 80% safe maximum = 24 amps.
This means you should use 8 gauge wire and 40 amp double pole breaker for 240volt

3) 7000 watts divided by 120 volt = 58.3 amps.
60 amp breaker x 80% safe maximum = 48 amps.
So use 70 amp breaker and #4 wire.

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I have a new furnace and the breaker keeps tripping (20/30). It is a bryant westinghouse box. I think 200 amphes


1) You got a FIRE truck coming.

2) Wire is too small.
Problem is NOT circuit breaker.

3) Both 240Volt appliances on same breaker is a hazard, especially if space available in 200 amp service panel for more breakers.

4) Usually each 240V appliance has separate breaker.

5) Circuit breaker trips because of High heat on the wire.
If wire gets hot, it will start a fire inside the wall.

Electric code requires wire-size match breaker-size.

6) If you put larger amp breaker on same wire that is getting hot, then wire will get hotter.
Result: FIRE truck middle of night with folks jumping out window in glass-cut bare run across yard.

7) Each appliance has volts and watt rating on label.
EVERY appliance has label.

8) For example stove might be rated 8000 watts and 240Volt.
8000 watts divided by 240 volts = 33.3 amps
Stove would require 40 amp breaker and 8 gauge wire.

9) How to figure it out:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Color-codewire.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-a-subpanel.html

10) Do same calculation for new furnace.
12000 watt furnace divided by 240 volts = 50 amps.
Use 60 amp breaker and 6 gauge wire.

11) Summary: fixya wants you to be safe, and buy stuff showing in the ads.
Use a bigger breaker ONLY when bigger wire is also installed.
Call furnace installer, the installer should know to check safe wiring before installing.

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Decades ago it was permitted to use a 3 wire system (having two 120 volt hots (Black and Red) and 1 combination ground/neutral wire) (green and white) to serve stoves, cooktops, ovens and dryers.
The Code change now requires all stoves and dryers in NEW construction to have the 4 wire set-up (now having two 120 volt hots, 1 white neutral and one green or bare wire ground).
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