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Absolutely not. If the existing breaker is a 15 amp breaker then the wiring that breaker is protecting is AWG # 14 gauge wire. A 20 amp breaker is used to protect AWG # 12 wire. Installing a double 20 amp breaker is just asking for a fire.

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Q: Can you change a double 15amp breaker into a double 20 amp breaker?
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Is a double throw 15amp breaker the same as a 30 amp breaker amp?

You have a double pole breaker for 240Volt supply. The maximum current is 15 amp.

How many volts can you draw off of a 15amp breaker?

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A 20 amp circuit with #12 gauge wire will work in any event but if the nameplate recommends a 15 amp circuit then #14 gauge wire on a 15 amp circuit is sufficient. In either case you will have a double pole breaker and your equipment may not require a neutral. Always run a grounding conductor.

Can you run a 20amp wire from a 15amp breaker?

Yes, the 15 amp breaker can have "20 Amp" (12 Ga.) wire run from it, but it would be a waste of money as 14 Ga. wire is less expensive.

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No, it is a 30 amp breaker on each side. Remove it and install a 15 amp single pole breaker.

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50 watt equals less than 1/2 amp current flow at 120 volts so you can have 30 light on a 15amp breaker or 40 on a twenty amp breaker.

Does a double 50 amp breaker make a 100 amp?

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Just change the breaker on the 30 amp circuit to a 20 amp breaker.

Can you switch from 15amp to 20amp on a double pole breaker?

The minimum size wire a 20 amp breaker needs to be connected to is a #12 wire. The 15 is probably connected to a #14 right now which is only rated for 15 amps. Remember the breaker is sized to the wires ampacity not the load .

Can you change a 50 amp receptacle to a 15 amp receptacle?

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Can you use a double pole 15 amp breaker in place of a 20 amp single pole breaker for a 12000 BTU air conditioner?

If the 12,000 BTU A/C only requires 20 amps to run then yes you can use the same 12 gauge wire but you cannot change it to a 15 amp breaker. You will need to install a 20 amp double pole breaker. If it requires more than 20 amps you will have to replace the wiring and breaker.

Can i use a fifteen amp device on a twenty amp circuit?

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How do you convert 110 volt 15 amp to 110 volt 20 amp?

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What size breaker should be used for a double oven?

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