Also, keep in mind devices from different manufacturers, of different
ratings, and qualities, will visually be dissimilar. I'd recommend picking
something good, but affordable, and use it throughout the house
Are you calling the breakers in the panels "switches"
They are switches, but no one calls them that.
You don't need 20A switches to feed the room lights, but you should
use 20A breakers in the electrical panel if that is what you already
have. If you have many breakers failing you have a much bigger
Sorry, I mispoke again. What I meant was I was looking to replace the
switches and outlets throughout the houses and they look different and many
of the light, fans and outlets are not working (for example, one set of
light I have to turn on and off a few times and get it just right in that
position for light to come on, and many switches are like that). The
pictures I posted above was the electrical panels. There are only two
breakers on 15A and the rest of them are all 20A and above is what I meant.
So I do have an 20A circuit for the most part. The two 15A one was to
operate the outside soffit recessed lights and the other for the garage
Lets see, a 14 gage wire with a 15 amp circuit breaker. You put
on a 20 amp socket, and plug in a 20 amp appliance. CLICK! the
breaker goes off.
Q: What got over heated?
A: The customer, cause he thought the 20 amp appliance ought to
run, cause after all, it's obviously a 20 amp socket.
Q: What is the fire hazard here?
A: I don't see one.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
On Fri, 16 Mar 2007 22:39:09 -0400, MiamiCuse wrote:
There is nothing more safe about a 20A switch over a 15A switch.
I think you looked in the wrong place. Sometimes they have switches in a
bin for $0.90 and then switches in a box for $3.00. I was never able to
tell the difference... Probably quality, but certainly not amp rating.
Are you switching your outlets on and off? I think 20A refers to the
outlet, not to the switches. Anyway, an appliance that requires a 20A
outlet will have a special plug. These are typically industrial versions
of stuff and very uncommon in the consumer area. You'll be hard pressed
to find a single one in Home Depot or lowes.
The outlet should match the wiring. No point in having an outlet thats
stronger than the wiring to it. Stick with 15 if thats what you have now.
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