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Why You Should NEVER Up-Size an Electrical Circuit Breaker or Fuse

The Dangers of Up Sizing Electrical Circuit Breaker, Electrical Question: Can I increase the amp rating on a breaker to fix a tripping breaker problem?


Tripping Circuit Breaker
Electrical Question: I am just wondering if I can up size the amp rating on a breaker in my fuse box to solve a overloaded circuit problem?

Thanks

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Darren.
Background: Darren, a Homeowner from Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

Circuit Breaker Protection

The answer to the question of up-sizing a fuse or circuit breaker is ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Application: Installing an Electrical Circuit.
Skill Level: Advanced – a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Estimated Time for the Electrician: Depends on age of the home, the condition of the electrical system and available access to electrical components to install an additional circuit.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

The Dangers of Up Sizing an Electrical Circuit Breaker

The purpose of a fuse or circuit breaker is to protect the electrical circuit wiring and components against overheating and electrical short or fault. Circuit protection with a fuse or breaker is  accomplished by specific sizing for the specific circuit and wiring type that is installed. Altering the original fuse type or size or the circuit breaker size with a larger size will endanger the electrical circuit wiring and components.

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