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smccord100

06:23AM | 09/20/04
Member Since: 09/19/04
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My new over the stove microwave trips the 15 amp circuit breaker when I run it on high power. I have been told that if I have 12 gauge wire into the current 15 amp circuit breaker that I can replace the 15 amp with a 20 amp. I have never replaced and/or converted a circuit breaker. I would like to know if a novice can do this, how difficult it is and if I should take anything other than the gauge of the wire into consideration?

joed

07:57AM | 09/20/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You need to be absoluley certain that ALL the cables on the circuit are #12 wire before you change a breaker size. It is not likely that the circuit was wired with #12 and then a 15 amp breaker used.

Changing a breaker is not dificult. However it is also not a novice job. There are live voltages in the panel even with the breker off.
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