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Can I Replace a 15amp for a 20amp Breaker?

When I have the lights on and use anything it pops the breaker. Can I change the 15amp to a 20amp breaker?


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Electrical Question: When I have the lights on and use anything it pops the breaker. Can I change the 15amp to a 20amp breaker?

Tripping Breaker Main Panel

Charles asks:

I have a big garage, the entire garage is on the same 15 amp circut. When I have the lights on and use anything else it pops breaker. example air compressor or 120v welder, fans. not all at the same time but I was wondering if I can replace the 15 amp for a 20amp breaker. house was built in 2018.

This electrical wiring question came from Charles in Surprise, Arizona.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical wiring question Charles.

Tripping 15amp Breaker Problem

Application: Tripping Breaker a Main Panel.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Main Panel, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Main Panel should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in your specific area of Arizona. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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