Microwave socket help needed


The plug socket for the microwave has stopped working. I need to replace it. I don't know how many watts it should be. Is that the proper word - watts? For years we had a wire hanging in the cupboard for a vent fan we never put in. I just went out and bought a double socket (3 prong) and case for it. When I went to buy one today they told me I would need to know how many watts it was, there were choices like 15 and 20.
What wattage is a normal socket? I am wondering if it broke because it was not large enough. How can I find out how many watts that line is? It is in the kitchen and I would think it was a little stronger than the other plugs in the house. The house is 30 years old. Any suggestions?
Thank you.
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Microwave circuits need to be 15 amps (not watts). For this, you will need at least 14 gauge wire.
That said, it is unlikely that the outlet stopped working. It is more likely that the circuit breaker tripped--have you checked that? A lot of older homes do not have dedicated circuits for the microwave. It doesn't take a lot more than a coffeemaker or kettle in addition to the micro to get that circuit to trip--especially if the original is only 15 amps.
If the micro has a dedicated circuit and the breaker tripped, you may have something wrong with the wiring leading to the outlet or with the microwave itself as a microwave alone should not trip a 15 amp (or larger) circuit.
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