Can a ceiling fan rated for 20a be used with a 15a circuit?
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!
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.
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. 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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I took over a condo and I am installing ceiling light and fan fixtures in each of the rooms. The wires are present, however they are inactive. There is no power (voltage of ~14V instead of 110V), the wires are cut, never used, not capped.
How do I identify which wires would have to be connected using new breakers (to be installed) at the main panel. The panel has spear sections available, however all the existing wires are already connected and functioning. If the advice is to contract an electrician how do I explain the issue in proper terms?
Thank you in advance for the advice.
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My new bathroom fan hasn't worked since I installed it and now all of a sudden it's working.
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Forgive me for asking, but what is the problem here? It is working now as far as I can ascertain.