Proper Receptacles for 20 Amp Circuit

Hi,
I have a 20 amp circuit in my kitchen which feeds several outlets. None of these outlets are rated at 20 amps, however. They're rated for 15. Is this a problem? I'm not planning on plugging any appliances into the outlets that are over 15 amps.
- Thanks,
Todd
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Todd wrote:

Not a problem in the US.
It used to be a problem in Canada; I think it's OK there too now if duplex outlets.
Best regards, Bob
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According to code, you only need one 20A outlet on a 20A circuit. The rest can be regular 15A outlets. In my opinion, it's a poor practice to do this, but it is acceptable. I only use 20A outlets on a 20A circuit.
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scott snipped-for-privacy@my-deja.com wrote:

Where does it say in the Code that you need *any* 20A outlets on a 20A circuit? Using 15A outlets on a 20A circuit is explicitly permitted.
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scott snipped-for-privacy@my-deja.com wrote in

You may be thinking of the requirement that if a 20 amp circuit only has a single receptacle then it must be a 20 amp receptacle. If there's more than one then 15 amp receptacles are OK. The packaging for 15 amp units usually says something like 15 amp plug, 20 amp feed through.
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Doug wrote:
> You may be thinking of the requirement that if a 20 amp circuit only has a

In case it isn't obvious, a duplex receptacle is not a single receptacle. A 15 amp duplex receptacle can be installed as the only device on a 20 amp circuit.
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The only difference between a 20a and a 15a is that you CANNOT plug a 20a device into a 15a outlet, so you can't overload the 15a circuit. (well, at least not that way)
Since you probably don't have any 20a devices, it makes no difference what you use; as long as you don't have 20a outlets on a 15a circuit.
The only exception is that if you have only one outlet on a 20a circuit, it has to be a 20a outlet. I haven't any idea why.
It goes without saying that you still have to use #12 wire with 20a breaker, regardless of the outlets.
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