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Wiring a 20 Amp Ceiling Fan onto a 15 Amp Circuit?

Can a ceiling fan rated for 20a be used with a 15a circuit?

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April 24, 20200 found this helpful

A 20 amp into a 15 amp is trouble! This is a problem, because this is a over load for a 15 amp. This could short out, spark , then fire. Now if it was reversed (15 amp into a 20 amp) lower into higher. That option works!

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April 24, 20200 found this helpful

Do not play around with this sort of thing. The best case scenario, it will short out all the time. Worst case scenario you could be looking at real trouble.

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

First off when doing this you can overload a circuit. This is very bad. Circuits are designed for a certain load and if a 15a circuit has to much on it or is not calculated correctly there will be major issues in the home. The 20a circuits are designed to run an item that pulls more electricity than another item.

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Your 15a circuit can't handle this load and should not be done. You need to hook up the fan to the correct circuit in order for it to run correctly.

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