Changing a 15 Amp Outlet to 20 Amps?

I need to change one of my 15 amp outlets to a 20 amp outlet. I checked my fuse/breaker panel and all the breakers are 20 amp breakers. Can I just switch out the outlets and be OK?

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September 9, 20120 found this helpful

It depends on what size wire was used.
15 amp breakers and outlets can only be used with 14 gauge wire.
20 amp breakers and outlets can only be used with 12 gauge wire.

www.thecircuitdetective.com/basic_house_wiring.htm
20 amp breaker is never allowed to run any circuit whose wires (anywhere on the circuit) are 14 gauge. but a 15 amp breaker's wires out on the circuit may be 14 gauge, 12 gauge, or even a mixture.

Best to get a licensed electrician; much cheaper than an electrical fire.

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February 1, 20170 found this helpful

was there a year that the 15 amp outlets were to transfer to 20 amp
example- 15 amp outlets will no longer be used after 1998.

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