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Old 05-23-2006, 06:03 PM   #31
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1 does the 15/20 mean amps?
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2 i would wire a 15 amp to a 15 amp and 20 to 20, right?Thanks!
You wouldn’t want to wire a 15 amp wall receptacle to a 20 amp circuit breaker due to the fact that the wall receptacle could over heat because its breaker is a higher rating and won’t trip till 20 amps is exceeded but the 15 amp wall receptacle can’t handle the load as well.

Wiring a 20 amp wall receptacle to a 15 amp circuit breaker doesn’t harm anything since the 15 amp circuit breaker will trip when the voltage exceeds 15 amps which is lower then the 20 amp wall receptacle.

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Yup....Good thig I paid a little attention in 9th grade electronics class. Too bad, that was after my friend dared me to stick my finger in a light socket! LOL!
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:10 PM   #33
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1 does the 15/20 mean amps?
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2 i would wire a 15 amp to a 15 amp and 20 to 20, right?Thanks!
You wouldn’t want to wire a 15 amp wall receptacle to a 20 amp circuit breaker due to the fact that the wall receptacle could over heat because its breaker is a higher rating and won’t trip till 20 amps is exceeded but the 15 amp wall receptacle can’t handle the load as well.

Wiring a 20 amp wall receptacle to a 15 amp circuit breaker doesn’t harm anything since the 15 amp circuit breaker will trip when the voltage exceeds 15 amps which is lower then the 20 amp wall receptacle.

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Absolutely, tecwzrd hit the nail on the head!

15 means 15 amps and 20 means 20 amps. I'd hazard a guess that if you live in a house with breakers labeled 15 amps it's somewhat of an older house, maybe over 25 years old???

I'd be glad to clarify any of this stuff. PM me or post a question here. Disclaimer, I'm NOT an electrician but I an engineer with a few decades of detailed experience with the EMF (electro motive force) which you commonly know as electricity and magnetism - the two of which are inseperable.

It can be quite complicated but I can reduce it to laymen's terms that anybody can understand.

And please, don't regard my posts on this as some sort of arrogance. It's just that I feel the need to inform my fellow hobbyists.
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I'd hazard a guess that if you live in a house with breakers labeled 15 amps it's somewhat of an older house, maybe over 25 years old???
1997 was when it was built. I live in WV, and there probably was not a "rush" to build out here, at that time. Now, it is a different story, houses are coming up like corn stalks! LOL!
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:23 PM   #35
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Roka64, important question??? Do you live in an area where you had local codes that followed national codes? Or, possibly, a rapidly expanding rural area that wasn't quite up to speed?

Breath deep and relax, I'll walk you through it.
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Um, I have no idea.

I just doublechecked, the furnace is 60, heat pump 30, range 50. Sorry about that, I never looked at that side of the box.


I live in a once rural area. I am on the boarder of WV/MD/VA. I moved up here from VA, where I still work.
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Allright, that's okay, I'll still walk you through it all. Your "furnace at 60" means it has a 60 amp circuit which also means it has electric resistive back-up heat for when the "heat-pump" craps outs because it gets too cold.

The "heatpump" at 30 amps is your summer time air-conditioner AND your mild winter heat source. It's wired to a 30 AMP breaker which seems entirely logical.

Your "range" which is on a 50 amp circuit is obviously an electric range because it uses large resistive elements that cost a lot to run.

I'm now guessing that you live in a fairly modern all electric subdivision?

Heat pump and air-conditioning and heating are all subjects that I have decades of experience with. I realize it's off topic...but.....pm me and I'll see if I can help you out with your questions.
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I think I am good to go. I just never really looked at the ckts in the box, untill I added my GFI, this paast weekend. It tested fine and everything is working properly. I just remembered I have a multi meter. I have been shocked too many times before.
My only question was about the 15/20 ckts, and doublechecking that I did it correctly.
Thanks for the layman's terms advice!
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