How to Electrical for an Air Conditioner
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Why Most Air Conditioning Units Should Not Be Plugged Into a Shared Circuit
Installing an Air Conditioning Circuit
This electrical question came from: John, from Caldwell, New Jersey
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Thanks for your electrical question John
- This question states that there is a 30 amp screw in fuse and I would strongly recommend that the wire size and type be checked to determine if a 30 amp fuse is allowed to be used.
- With older home fuse boxes it is easy to replace a fuse that is blowing with a larger size, however if the wire is not rated for a larger fuse then this practice could lead to a possible fire.
Circuit Requirements for Air Conditioners
Most Air Conditioning Units Should Not Be Plugged Into a Shared Circuit
- If an air conditioner name plate or manual specifies that the electrical requirement is over 7.5 amps then a separate dedicated electrical circuit should be installed.
- If the air conditioner is plugged into a shared circuit it may cause the circuit to trip off, especially if the circuit is rated at 15 amps.
- The addition of high amperage equipment that is added to a shared circuit may create stress on circuit components which may lead to circuit failure.
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