Wiring a GFCI Outlet Circuit
How to Instal 15 amp GFCI Outlet Wiring: Understanding Electrical Circuit Wiring for Outlets Protected by GFCI.
GFCI Outlet Wiring
Electrical Question: I am running a line of GFCI outlets from a 15 amp breaker in the panel box.
Is it important that I use a 15 amp GFCI outlet or could I use a 20 amp?
This electrical question came from: Brad, a Contractor from Ridgway, Pennsylvania.
Thanks for your electrical Wiring question Brad.
15 Amp GFCI Outlets
Application: Wiring GFCI Outlets.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of GFI outlets that will be added.
Precaution: Identify the GFI outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the outlet wiring.
Notice: Installing additional GFCI Outlet Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical GFCI Codes with a permit and be inspected.
Understanding Electrical Circuit Wiring for a GFCI Outlet
- The outlets installed on a 15 amp circuit should be 15 amp outlets, in this case the first outlet or the start of the GFCI protection should be a 15 amp GFCI Outlet.
- If the circuit was 20 amps and the 15 amp GFCI outlet states that the Feed Through amperage capacity is Rated for 20 amps, then in this case you would be able to install that 15 amp GFCI outlet.
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