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#22666 - 02/26/03 09:18 PM Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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There is a 15 amp (single) receptacle on a 125 volt-20 amp dedicated circuit in an apartment.

This receptacle replaced a heavily paint-glopped 20-amp receptacle. (I didn't realize what it was until I picked up the pieces off the floor - by then it was too late to get a 20-amp 125volt device).

It only powers a 110-volt 15-amp air conditioner in the summer and during the winter it occasionally powers some light appliances like lamps, X-mas tree lights and the occasional television set.

Considering all of the above, must I replace this 15-amp receptacle with a 20 amp device? Or is it OK to leave it as is for the time being?
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#22667 - 02/26/03 09:43 PM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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Sven,

It is actually common and permitted to install 15A Receptacles on 20A circuits, provided there is at least one duplex (or two singles) on the circuit.

This is assuming #12 wire, of course.

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#22668 - 02/26/03 10:06 PM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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Virgil,

Thanks very much. I forgot to mention. This is the only receptacle on that circuit. It is supposed to be a dedicated air conditioner circuit for a maximum 20-amp/125volt unit.

So judging by what you said, the existing 15-amp socket should be replaced by a 20-amp, correct?
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#22669 - 02/26/03 10:10 PM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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That would be the best thing to do, given it is a single dedicated receptacle. In a pinch, a duplex would be legal even if the second receptacle is not used, but considering the expected load, a single 20A Spec grade would be my recommendation....
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#22670 - 02/27/03 04:31 AM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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If this is a SINGLE receptacle that is fed from a dedicated 20 amp circuit it MUST be a 20 amp rated receptacle.
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#22671 - 02/27/03 06:12 AM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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Apparently I failed to make myself clear and managed to look like an idiot.

To reiterate:

Single receptacle: MUST be a 20

Duplex Receptacle: 20 or 15 is OK

Multiple Receptacles: 20 or 15 is OK

Better?
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#22672 - 02/27/03 06:26 AM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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Thanks very much Virgil and 'Scott!!!!!

You both cleared it all up.

[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 02-27-2003).]
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#22673 - 02/27/03 06:59 AM Re: Must I replace a single 15-amp receptacle on a 20 amp ckt. with a 20 amp receptacle?
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All egos checked at door! Just trying to help clarify.

[This message has been edited by Electricmanscott (edited 02-27-2003).]
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