## What size wire do I need for 20 amp 120 volt?

Why Wire Gauge Is Important

Wire Use | Rated Ampacity | Wire Gauge |
---|---|---|

Low-voltage lighting and lamp cords | 10 amps | 18-gauge |

Extension cords (light-duty) | 13 amps | 16-gauge |

Light fixtures, lamps, lighting circuits | 15 amps | 14-gauge |

Kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor receptacles (outlets); 120-volt air conditioners | 20 amps | 12-gauge |

## Do I have to use 20 amp outlets on a 20 amp circuit?

The amperage of the outlet must never exceed the amperage of the circuit. According to National Electrical Code, **only a 15-amp or 20-amp electrical receptacle can be installed to a 20-amp circuit**.

## What happens if you put a 20A outlet on a 15A circuit?

As I understand it, the reason that a 20 amp outlet can’t be connected to a 15 amp circuit is that **someone could potentially connect a 20 amp device, overload the circuit, and cause a fire**.

## Will #8 wire fit in a 20 amp breaker?

Looking up the brand of breaker that’s in my panel, **#8 wire fits the 20 amp breaker just fine** (it is the largest size that breaker is listed for, but no adapter needed.)

## What happens if you use 14 gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit?

I would say 14 gauge wire anywhere on a 20 amp circuit is **not OK**. The purpose of the breaker is to cut off power before the wiring overheats. If you plug in several devices on an outlet that total 20 amps, you will exceed the safe working capacity of the 14 gauge wire without tripping the breaker.

## Can I use 14 gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit?

**14 AWG can’t be used on a circuit with a 20A breaker**. The screw terminals are the better choice if you want to put 15 Amp receptacle on a 20 Amp circuit with 12 gauge wire. You can use the side terminals.

## How many 20 amp outlets can you have on a 20 amp circuit?

**Up to 10 outlets** can safely run on a 20-amp circuit. A circuit should not run at more than 80% of its load capacity. On a 20-amp circuit, this is 16 amps. The rule-of-thumb is one outlet for every 1.5 amps of the 80% maximum.

## Can I replace a 15 amp outlet with a 20 amp outlet?

For instance, it is crucial that the amperage of an outlet doesn’t exceed the amperage of the circuit it uses. As a result, **both 15 amp and 20 amp electrical sockets can be installed to a 20 amp circuit**, yet only 15 amp receptacles should be used for 15 amp circuits.

## Can I put a 15a GFCI outlet on a 20a circuit?

The GFCI receptacle is rated 20 amps since it may have to interrupt a 20 amp circuit when it trips. As in the case of a kitchen appliance circuit. **15 amp receptacles can be used on 20 amp circuits without a problem**.

## Can I mix 12 and 14 gauge wire on a 15 amp circuit?

**There is nothing against code mixing wire size for these circuits as long as the OCPD matches the smallest wire**. We ask them to mark the wires with tags in the panel so that in the future and for final inspection, we know what is what.

## Can you use 10-gauge wire on a 20 amp breaker?

**Yes, you can use 10 AWG copper conductors with a 20 ampere breaker**. The smallest size conductors you could use with a 20 ampere breaker, are 12 AWG copper conductors. There’s no problem using larger conductors, other than cost to you, and difficulties associated with working with thicker conductors.

## What is the minimum gauge wire for a 20 amp circuit?

Amperage and Wire Gauge

Building codes based on the National Electrical Code prohibit the use of 14-gauge wire anywhere on a 20-amp circuit. All wiring in such circuits must be **12-gauge or larger**.

## What wire do I use for a 20 amp outlet?

12-gauge

A 20-amp circuit, protected by a 20-amp breaker or fuse, must be served by **12-gauge or 10-gauge wire**.

## How far can you run 10 gauge wire for 20 amps?

How Far Can You Run 10 Gauge Wire? You can run a 10 gauge wire up to **85 feet** on a 20 amp circuit. If you opt to use this type of wire on a 15 amp circuit, it can run up to 115 feet. After these distances, the circuit will go over the recommended 3% voltage drop.

## How many 15 amp receptacles can be on a 20 amp circuit?

In most residential areas, you can find a 15-amp and a 20-amp receptacle. The 15-amp outlet is good for the average household accessories such as lamps and chargers, while the 20-amp outlet is best for heavy-duty appliances like power tools in your garage. These **two outlets** can both connect to a 20-amp circuit.

## Can I use 12 gauge wire with 15 amp circuit?

Because it has even less chance of overheating, **12-gauge wire is also acceptable on a 15-amp circuit**.

## Can I use a 15 amp outlet with 12 gauge wire?

With 12 gauge, you need to use the screw terminals. **You can use 15 amp outlets on either 15 or 20 amp circuits**. 12 gauge wire is the minimum for 20 amp circuits. 14 gauge wire is the minimum for 15 amp circuits.