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Rexanator

04:46PM | 05/25/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
4 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have an appliance that I wish to wire up.

It has a high volt rating of 230 volts @ 8.9 amps. Currently I dont have any open breakers in my box but I do have a bunch of 15&20 amp single breakers so Im pretty sure there is room to expand.

Can I get some direction on how to tackle this.

Thanks.

bcelect

03:51PM | 05/26/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Call an Electrician.

joed

07:35AM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
You need a double 15amp breaker. Since you don't have any empty slots you need to have a sub panel installed. You can't use the existing 15 & 20 amp breakers for this application.

Rexanator

01:58PM | 06/10/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
4 lifetime posts
seeings how I have a single 15 amp, cant I replace it with a dual 15 amp breaker w/0 installing a sub panel?

joed

04:57PM | 06/10/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
NO you can't use a tandem breaker for this aplication. It only pprovides 2 120 volts circuits. You need 2 full spaces in the panel to get 220 volts.

Rexanator

05:22PM | 06/11/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
4 lifetime posts
What if I used 2 tandem breakers. One to consildate 2 15 amp breakers and 1 to run the 220?

I have ample 15 amp single breakers

Rexanator

05:41PM | 06/11/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
4 lifetime posts
http://www.pwctoday.com/download.php?id=21223

this is a picture of my box

sadickers

10:21AM | 06/13/04
Member Since: 02/20/04
52 lifetime posts
they make, at least for some panels, a tandem dual breaker where either one or both sets of breakers are tied together. ( 2 inside breaker handles with a bar connecting them together for 220 and a similar arrangement for the outer two. I have also seem them where only 1 pair are connected for 220)
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