I put a 20 AMP Outlet in the kitchen
the old outlet was 15 amp......my thinking is most kitchens
(house built 1986) should have 20 AMP Breakers
and the wiring is cooper romax
Should I go back to the 15 AMP ?
Your post is a little confusing.
You said you put in a 20A outlet. Did you just replace an outlet? Or
did you run a new 20A 12guage circuit back to the panel? What size
breaker do you have now?
Your old outlet might be rated for 15A, but the actual wire itself
could be 20A, which is fine. I remember this was brought up before,
and I beleive code allows this.
Code required 20a to your kitchen, so you "ought" to be okay; but it is
prudent to check. You should have #12 wire and a 20a breaker. If you can't
confirm that, go back to a 15a outlet.
As a practical matter, what do you want a 20a outlet for? Except for a few
large tools, I don't think I have ever seen a 20a plug.
The rating of the outlet itself doesn't mean diddly. If the breaker is 15A
then there is no problem or code violation if 15A was ok at time of
installation and your replacement is a duplex. The requirement for a 20A
outlet is if there is only a single outlet on the circuit and the wire is
#12 and the CB is a 20A. Otherwise, use either 15A or 20A outlets. Check
wire. Should be #12 if 20A CB and #14 if 15A CB.
Not necessarily so. Code in effect at time home was built governs unless
major changes have occurred that required a permit under later code that
requires all counter outlets to be GFI. My home, 1994, requires within 6
feet of sink.
You are absolutely correct. My reference is to current code. My response to
Haller stands. There is not now, and has never been a NEC requirement that
outlets within 6 feet of a kitchen sink, be GFCI protected. As you point
out, the code in force in 94' required all counter top outlets adjacent to a
kitchen sink, and within 6 feet of the sink, to be GFCI protected
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