##### Asked by: Eulalio Bakalinsky

asked in category: General Last Updated: 11th January, 2020# How do I know how many amps my outlet is?

**determine**whether a circuit is 15 or 20

**amps**is to look at the corresponding breaker or fuse in the breaker panel. Dedicated circuits are

**electrical**lines that carry

**an electrical**current to one single

**outlet**.

Herein, how do I know if an outlet is 15 or 20 amps?

Look at your **outlet**. **If** the two slots are parallel, it is a **15 amp outlet**. **If** one slot is 'T' shaped and the other is straight, it is a **20 amp outlet** that will also accept **15 amp** plugs. **If** the two slots are perpendicular the **outlet** is **20 amp** only.

how do I know which outlets are on the same circuit? **How to Test if Outlets Are on the Same Circuit**

- Plug one lamp into one of the outlets that you want to test. Turn on the lamp.
- Check whether or not the lamp's light is off to verify you turned off the correct breaker for that circuit.
- Plug the lamp into another outlet to determine whether or not that outlet is on the same circuit.

In respect to this, is it OK to use a 20 amp outlet on a 15 amp circuit?

If your question is “**can I** connect a **receptacle** rated for **20 amps** to a **circuit** designed for **15 amps**?”, the answer is yes, because the **receptacle** can handle more current than the **circuit** is rated for. If you exceed **15 amps**, the breaker will blow, and protect the **receptacle**.

How many outlets can you put on a 15 amp breaker?

for a 15 amp circuit this allowed for 10 outlets and on a **20** amp circuit 13 outlets were allowed.