size brkr for AC/Heat pump

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  1. May 3, 2010 #1

    sailor86

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    I am adding a breaker for a 24000 BTU AC/heat pump. What size breaker would that be?
     
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    The smartest choice would be what's recommended by the manufacture; which will be the "only" right answer.
     
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    Check the amperage rating on the nameplate of the unit your installing.
     
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    You also need a breaker the 'trip curve' of which handles compressor [motor] loads, otherwise you might need a 'soft start' kit.
     
  5. May 4, 2010 #5

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    On the side of every unit is a "Minimum circuit ampacity" and a "Maximum fuse or breaker size".

    You size the wire to the former and the breaker to the latter.

    DO NOT guess at this. BTU ratings are irrelevant.
     

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