# What size breaker do I need for a 50 gallon water heater?

The standard for water heater circuits is #10, two conductors with ground (10/2) and a 30 amp circuit breaker for a water heater. If you are running cable anyway, just run #10 and replace the breaker so it’s done right, once and for all.

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## Subsequently, can I use a 40 amp breaker for water heater?

In general, NO. Doing so is very dangerous and could start a fire! 10 gauge wire requires at most a 30A breaker, whereas 8 gauge requires at most a 40A breaker.

Also, can you use a 30 amp breaker for a water heater? Electric water heaters require a dedicated 240-volt dedicated 30-amp circuit and a 10-2 non-metallic (NM) or MC cable. This means the breaker only powers the water heater and no other appliances. A 30-amp circuit breaker can power all 4500watt water heaters regardless of gallon size.

## Also to know is, does a water heater have its own breaker?

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Any hot water heater, gas or electric, that has an electrical connection requires a breaker. … If this is the case, it is wired to its own circuit breaker in accordance with the National Electrical Code, article 220-30 for new construction or 220-31 for existing structures.

## Does Square D make a 25 amp breaker?

Square D QO 25 Amp Single-Pole Circuit Breaker-QO125CP – The Home Depot.

## How many amps does a 40 gallon water heater use?

An average 40-gallon electric water heater runs at 240 volts and a wattage of 2500 W. Hence, calculating the amperage 2500/240, we can deduce the amperage is 18.75 A.

18.8 amps

18.75 amps

## How many amps is 5500 watts at 240 volts?

In case of 120 or 240 volts, a 5500 watt generator provides 45 Amps.

30-amp

30 amps

30-amp

## What size breaker do I need for my water heater?

Multiply the value for current by 125 percent to determine the size of the breaker you need for the heater. A 1500-watt heater on a 120-volt circuit thus needs a breaker of 15.6 amps. Because a 15-amp breaker would be too small, you need a breaker with the next highest rating, which is 20 amps.

## What size wire is used for hot water heater?

It’s a good idea to wire a hot water heater with wire that’s larger than the current requirement. A 20-amp hot water heater requires 12-gauge wire, a 25-amp hot water heater requires 10-gauge wire, and a 30- to 40-amp hot water heater requires 8-gauge wire.

## Will a 12 2 wire carry 30 amps?

If you look in the code book, 12 AWG wire is legal to 30 amps if you can run it at 90 degrees C.