## Is 15 amps better than 20 amps?

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20-amp circuits are designed for a heavier load of electrical current than 15-amp circuit breakers. For commercial and industrial power distribution, the circuit breakers will have a higher amperage.

## Do I need a 15 or 20 amp plug?

Understanding Your Home’s Electrical Wiring Appliances, such as microwaves, often have 20-amp plugs and must be plugged into a 20-amp outlet. Electrical plugs designated as 20-amp will not fit into 15-amp outlets. A 15-amp circuit is usually served by 14-gauge wire and is protected by a 15-amp circuit breaker or fuse.

**Can I use a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit?**

You cannot push a 15 Amp plug into a 20 amp receptacle. 20Amp plugs are typically assigned to devices like air compressors and saws that require a lot of power. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about overloading your 15 Amp outlet by plugging a 20 Amp device into it.

**Do I need 15 amp or 20 amp in kitchen?**

Kitchens and bathrooms should always have 20 amp gfci outlets. However, you must be using number 12 wire for 20 amp gfci or regular outlets If your wiring is number 14 guage then use a 15 amp. So, the wire size and breaker size together should be rated for 20 amps!

### Can I run a refrigerator on a 15 amp circuit?

Most refrigerators run between 3 to 6 amps, with that said, a refrigerator can spike at peak usage up to 15 amps. It’s best to take into consideration worst case scenarios. You should have refrigerators and freezers installed on a 15-20 amp dedicated 120 volt circuit.

### Can a refrigerator be on a 15 amp circuit?

**Does a freezer need a 20 amp outlet?**

You should have refrigerators and freezers installed on a 15-20 amp dedicated 120 volt circuit. This will avoid an electrical overload due to your current wiring not being capable of handling the additional power.

**How many amps does a hair dryer use?**

15 amps

Hair dryer wattage levels Many hair dryers require about 1,875 watts, or 15 amps, of power. Because of this, it’s much easier to blow a circuit just by plugging your hair dryer in. Be aware of how many amps the circuits in your house can handle before you plug in too many devices to one outlet.

## Does a fridge need a 20 amp circuit?

A modern refrigerator requires a dedicated 20-amp circuit. You may currently have a smaller refrigerator plugged into a general lighting circuit, but during any major remodeling, install a dedicated circuit (120/125-volts) for the refrigerator.