Recently, I moved in a 1 bedroom apartment unit with no already installed AC unit and microwave oven. Thus, I am thinking of installing them by myself, but I noticed a problem. The capicity of my circuit breaker box is not enough.
In the circuit breaker box, I can see the following breakers.
- 20A for the kitchen appliances. (1 outlet for the fridge, 1 duplex outlet for the countertop)
- 40A/40A double-pole for the range
- 2 linked 20/30A double-pole for heat and heated water
- 15A for living room, bedroom and bathroom.
On the countertop, I use an electric kettle and a toaster. Thus, I think together with the fridge, this already reached 80% of 20A or more of that. Thus, I only use one appliance at a time except the fridge. Moreover, physically, the countertop has not enough space for a microwave.
Thus, the 15A circuit breaker should for the all other electric devices/appliances AND lighting AND a microwave oven AND an AC unit. Definitely, it is not possible.
I already have inquired this situation to the landlord, so I am waiting their response. However, I expect they also do not have some good solutions for this situation because there is no way to change the current capacity and wiring without full renovation of the apartment complex.
This is a pretty old apartment complex, and I think it was origianlly built not as an apartment complex. Thus, I understand this situation, but I will need at least a microwave oven.
I would like to hear some thoughts/suggestions from this community. I will really appreciate any of your comments!