Stove Keeps Tripping the Circuit Breaker

We purchased a new stove/oven a year ago, replacing one that was 20 years old. About a month ago, the circuit breaker started tripping whenever my wife was using the oven and more than one burner on the stovetop. We had an appliance repairman out to check the stove. He said the stove was drawing 49 amps with multiple burners on, and the 220V circuit breaker was a 50 amp breaker, that it had probably been weakened from the more powerful stove. He advised replacing it with a 60 amp 220V circuit breaker. Can I do that?


By William K.

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April 24, 20190 found this helpful

If it is copper wire a #6 can be good for 55 amps, but an electrician needs to look to see if it needs derated. In any case, a #6 copper would not be protected by a 60 amp breaker. If the wire is not protected, it can overheat and cause fire.

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