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Microwave Trips Breaker

Our microwave continuously trips every time we use it. The outlet that it's plugged into is a 15 amp outlet. I think I need to switch the outlet to a 20 amp outlet, but the switch on the breaker panel that always trips says 15.

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Can I still switch the outlet from 15 to 20? What else do I need to do?

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August 6, 20190 found this helpful

Microwaves need a dedicated circuit. If you dont know what you are doing get a qualified electrician.

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August 6, 20190 found this helpful

Try using a serge protector.

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August 9, 20190 found this helpful

There is probably something else on the same line that is either running all the time or starts up some of the time when you are using your microwave.

Try to figure out what is running at the same time- notice what other appliance cuts off when the microwave trips.

There are usually more than one lines in a kitchen so try moving it to another plug to see if the same thing happens (or even try it in another room).

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Changing from 15 to 20 is probably not a safe idea.

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