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What Size Breaker Is Needed for a Kitchen Stove?

The size of the circuit breaker running the appliances in the kitchen is important. Most kitchen appliances should have their own dedicated 15-amp to 20-amp circuit. Some things that do not pull as much power, like small appliances plus lighting may be wired to a single circuit breaker.

Breaker Size

The suggested circuit breaker size for the kitchen stove is 50 amps, 220 volts. This is a double breaker. Single breakers normally carry 110 volts. It must be a dedicated circuit for the stove only, meaning that no other appliances or outlets can be served by that circuit. This will ensure the maximum amount of power to the stove.

Significance

It is important to use the suggested circuit for kitchen appliances. If the demand for power when trying trying to use several of your kitchen appliances at once exceeds the breaker rating, you could trip the circuit breaker, resulting in a loss of power.

Other Appliance Suggestions

Refrigerator: dedicated 20-amp circuit Over-the-range microwave: dedicated 20-amp circuit Garbage disposal: One 20-amp circuit Dishwasher: 20-amp circuit Small appliances: Minimum of two 20-amp circuits, but lighting can usually be put on this same circuit

Range Hood

The range hood should have its own dedicated 20-amp circuit. It pulls a lot of power and is usually needed when the stove is being used at the same time.

Warning

Remember to turn off the breaker box before replacing any circuit breakers or doing any other type of electrical work.

About the Author

Amanda Ballard Coates is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a member of the American Association of Professional Coders. She is also a freelance writer and photographer. She writes mostly nonfiction and has been published on several informative websites. Ballard Coates' writing has been published on websites such as Healthmad.com, Quazen.com, Gomestic.com and Socyberty.com.