A ductless mini split unit I am interested in specifies a maximum breaker size of 15 amps. Why would this be the case?
The unit is going to be installed on the opposite side of the house from where the breaker is, so for a 220v system that runs at about 5 amps, a 70 foot run of electrical wire calls for 8 gauge wire.
I was going to throw a 20 amp circuit breaker for this run until I came across the spec sheet for the unit. I found a similar post where the top answer states that you can always use bigger wire which only reassures me that 8 gauge wire is fine in a 15 amp breaker, but I can't seem to find why the AC unit would call for no bigger than a 15 amp breaker.
In other words, why would a device on a circuit be sensitive to the potential max amperage of its circuit