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Jul
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comment Is using 15 amp components on a 20 amp breaker against code?
I think my comment to woody would apply to this answer as well. Essentially I am not concerned with plug type, I am concerned about the possibility of a device breaking and pulling too much. Sounds like it is up to the device to never allow that to happen.
Jul
10
comment Is using 15 amp components on a 20 amp breaker against code?
I'm not concerned about the plug type, and I understand it is the device that determines how much current it will pull. My major confusion is with what happens when you have a device that has a normal 15 amp plug, typically uses much less than 15 amp, but then breaks in a way that causes it to pull more than 15 but less than 20. I'd think this could cause a problem as the outlet is not rated to handle these higher currents, but the breaker won't trip. From the other answers it sounds like it is the devices responsibility to never pull more than 15 and to have an internal breaker if it could.
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