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i have a 50 amp circuit with 6/3 romex wire. it is pulling

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i have a 50 amp circuit with 6/3 romex wire. it is pulling 31 amps on 1 leg and 26 on the other what should i do it is a 240 double pole.do i need to go with a bigger breaker? or will it be fine
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Jason replied 5 years ago.

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HiCustomer You don't need a bigger breaker. The 50 amp breaker and number 6 wire is fine for the load it is carrying. You don't add the 31 and 26, the breaker can carry 80% of its rating per leg, or 40 amps per leg in this case, so it will be fine.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
what does the amperage mean i took it off the red and black wire
Expert:  Jason replied 5 years ago.
The amperage is the current that is being carried by the wire and the breaker. When voltage is pushed through resistance, it results in amperage. #6 wire is rated for 60 amps, and you are well under that on both legs. The circuit is fine the way you have it set up.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thanks for the info so in now way i should add the two nubers together . 50amp breaker i can go up to 40A on each wire or leg
Expert:  Jason replied 5 years ago.
That's correct. You are good to go with the circuit the way it is. It is set up exactly the same way an electrician would set it up.
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