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asked in category: General Last Updated: 30th March, 2020

What amp breaker do I need for a garbage disposal?

In order to install a garbage disposal, you have to have an available outlet that is protected by a 120 volt, 20 amp circuit breaker. Note that a GFCI outlet will not do the trick. Once the proper outlet is in place, make sure that the power is shut off, and then start gathering your tools.

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Moreover, how many amps does a garbage disposal use?

Ideally, a garbage disposal should be on its own 15-amp or 20-amp circuit. Second choice is to have it share a 20-amp circuit with the dishwasher. Putting the disposal on a circuit serving countertop receptacles is not an option.

Additionally, does a garbage disposal need a 20 Amp switch? You need a circuit sized for the disposal. If they specify a 20 amp circuit then you need a 20 amp circuit (doubtful, unless it's a large and/or powerful unit). If they state that a 15 or 20 amp circuit is adequate (most likely) then you can use either circuit.

Also, do I need a dedicated circuit for a garbage disposal?

Garbage disposals should be either hardwired or connected to an outlet through a grounded electrical outlet. A dedicated circuit is generally recommended, although a circuit that is shared with a dishwasher is sometimes appropriate. The best authority on this distinction is the disposal's user manual.

Should I use 15 or 20 amp outlets?

You can use a device that has a 15-amp plug with either a 15- or 20-amp receptacle. Standard 15-amp receptacles are suitable for typical household appliances, lamps and other accessories. A 20-amp receptacle is for heavy-duty appliances and power tools, such as air compressors.

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