# Can you replace a 15 amp receptacle with 20 amp?

**15 amp receptacle**on a

**20 amp**circuit is not safe.

**amps**, and exceed the capacity of the

**receptacle**. If your question is “

**can**I

**plug**a device requiring

**20 amps**to a

**15 amp**circuit”, the answer is no. The wiring is probably capable of

**it**, and

**you can**get a

**20 amp**breaker, but at that point

**you**should

Keeping this in consideration, is it OK to replace a 15 amp outlet with a 20 amp?

A **20 Amp** breaker does not adequately protect a **15 Amp outlet**. The breaker is supposed to pop instead of, or before the house burns down. Even in the very unlikely event that you have **20 Amp** wiring, the appliances plugged into the **15 Amp outlet** need to be protected with **15 Amp** breakers.

**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**. The inverse is not true.

Secondly, is my outlet 15 or 20 amp?

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.

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