COMMUNITY FORUM

Drewska

03:52AM | 02/07/08
Member Since: 02/06/08
8 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Heres the deal. I have a 20amp dedicated line (10 gauge)that runs a 1200 BTU air conditioner in my living room. The AC unit draws 8.3 amps. It is used infrequently maybe three weeks out of the whole year. I want to tie in to the receptacle ans add two new receptacles and two new over head lites with switches. These are all low load. drwaing a total of maybe 3 amps. CAN I DO THIS? EVERYTHING I'VE READ SAYS I NEED A DEDICATED CIRCUIT FOR THE AC UNIT. IF MY UNIT DRAWS 8.3 AMPS AND THE EXTRAS I WANT TO ADD WILL DRAW 3 AMPS THATS A TOTAL OF 11.3. ON PAPER IT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD NOT OVERLOAD THE CIRCUIT. Also the current receptacle has 10/2 gauge running to it. I have a spool of 14/2 I want to use. Can I do that or do I need to run 10/2 ???

Tom O

01:58PM | 02/07/08
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
As long as the air conditioner did not include instructions that required a dedicated circuit, you can add additional outlets to the circuit

If you want to use the 14-2, you should find another project to use it on or be prepared to change the breaker to 15 amps since that is the maximum allowable protection for #14 wire in this case. keep the 20 amp breaker in place and get some 12-2.

Drewska

08:18AM | 02/08/08
Member Since: 02/06/08
8 lifetime posts
Hi Thanks for the response. i guess that's really the question. Why do some air conditioners need a dedicated circuit and others don't? Whay is the determining factor. I have a 1200 kenmore that draws 8.3 amps. Bob Villa says that larger air conditioners require a dedicated circuit but doesn't explain why. I asked Sears and they don't have an answer. I can't see that there'd be any problem adding a couple of outlets. Total load if everything is on is still less than 12amps.

Billhart

10:29AM | 02/08/08
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Some circuits are dedicate because of the location or the type of load that they have.

But for window airconditioners and other fixed in place, but cord and plug connected appliances (dishwahser and garage disposals are the most common) if the fixed in place appliance(s) don't draw more than 50% of the circuit capacity then you can have other lighting or general purpose receptacles on the circuit.

Since this is a 20 amp circuit and the load less than 10 amps them you are OK.

But if it was a 15 amp circuit then you could not extend it.

Drewska

11:01AM | 02/08/08
Member Since: 02/06/08
8 lifetime posts
Hi Thanks. That's exactly the information I needed. Now it's off to wiring. All the best
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Add some rustic charm to your trimmings with a paper-and-twine garland. All you need is some craft store Christmas paper, ... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon