June 08, 2005


I've apparently, single handedly, stumped the electric company by asking them this question:

"I'm getting a counter top dishwasher and it states that I need to plug it into a standard 110 volt plug, this I understand, and that it needs to be at least 15 amps. What does '15 amps' mean and how do I know if I have that amount?"

I've been transfered and passed around and not one single person can tell me that answer. Um...should I not be able to get that answer from the fricken electric company for crisse sake?

Since they do not know their own job, does anyone out there know what the hell "15 amps" means and how I find out if that's what's running around in this place?

Posted by S. Faolan Wolf at June 8, 2005 03:41 PM

I'm guessing the 15 amps refers to the fuse that controls that outlet. Check your fuse box and see what amp that particular fuse is.

Posted by: Gir at June 8, 2005 03:56 PM

Yep, what Gir said. Your circuit must be able to handle 15 amps, so your fuse or breaker has to be rated for that or above. Most are ten amps. Stoves have a high current requirement - most are 220 volt rather than 110 for this reason.

And yes, someone there should have some knowledge of safety recommendations for appliances, and most electric companies have electricians or recommended ones for consumers - if you have to hire one to wire up a tap for ya. If you do have to get one (and the landlord will help), get it wired for 220 so your oven choices are better.

Posted by: Jeffro at June 8, 2005 10:26 PM

Your circuit (or fuse) from your circuit breaker box that feeds that plug needs to be 15 amps. It will say 15 on that breaker. I'm glad I'm married to an Electronics Tech. You can ask him if you have any more questions.

Posted by: SailGirl at June 9, 2005 02:21 AM

Remind me sometime about "reading and comprehension." Where did I get the idea you were hooking up a new stove? Some days.......

Posted by: Jeffro at June 12, 2005 02:57 PM
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