My new kiln requires a 50 amp breaker, old kiln used a 40 amp. The wiring itself is good for up to 60 amp. If I put in a 50 amp breaker, plug in my old kiln, is it possible it will over load electrically and have a melt down. Obviously I am illiterate when it comes to electrical work. I don't really want to spend another $300 paying an electrician to run another outlet and put in yet another breaker. Help??
My brother-in-law used to work at a home improvement center. Several years ago he said that in the electrical department, your question was the most frequent one that he heard.
It is important that you find out the type and gauge of wire that runs between the breaker box and the wall outlet before installing a higher amperage receptacle. I suggest that you have an electrician check the wiring and install the receptacle for you. Consult the kiln manufacturer's specs; they often include the recommended wire gauge, which varies depending on the distance between the breaker box and receptacle.
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