Replacing a Circuit Breaker

Due to this loadshedding we have, my 45A circuit breaker for the stove keeps tripping when I switch it on. Can I replace it with a 10A breaker?

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April 20, 20150 found this helpful

A circuit breaker trips when the current through it exceeds its trip point. The higher the current, the quicker it trips.

The amount of current flowing through the circuit is determined by the load, in this case the stove, and changing the breaker does not restrict current flow, it would only shut it off.

Changing breakers to a different size is generally a bad idea. The breaker protects the wiring and if the breaker size is increased to a size more than the wire can handle, the wire can overheat.

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