## Load CalculationLoad Calculation Circuits with non-specific loads would be a circuit with receptacles (plugs). There could be ten receptacles hooked up to a 20-amp circuit with no specific load. The opposite of that would be a 20-amp circuit which powers a garbage disposal and dishwasher. The garbage disposal uses about 3 amps and the dishwasher about 7. In this case, the load is 10 amps which means the circuit is loaded to 50% capacity. Code advises load of a circuit up to 80%. To monitor your circuits with non-specific load, if you can determine what receptacles are controlled by a particular circuit, you are on the right path. Then calculate the load. Every appliance is supposed to have a data plate attached noting the voltage or current draw (amps or watts). An example of an 80% load for a 20 amp circuit would be 1,920 watts or 16 amps and for a 15 amp circuit, an 80% load would be 1,440 watts or 12 amps. If a hair dryer is being used in a bathroom (usually about 1500 watts) and a space heater is used which also uses 1,500 watts, the circuit is now overloaded and the breaker will trip. A basic calculation to determine amps is: Watts = Amps X Volts |

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