- What size wire is required for 30 amps?
- How do you wire a 30 amp breaker?
- What wire do I use for a 30 amp sub panel?
- How many breakers can I put in a 30 amp subpanel?
- Can 12 gauge wire handle 30 amps?
10-gauge wireRULES OF THUMB “Twelve-gauge wire is good for 20 amps, 10-gauge wire is good for 30 amps, 8-gauge is good for 40 amps, and 6-gauge is good for 55 amps,” and “The circuit breaker or fuse is always sized to protect the conductor [wire].”
0:251:41How to Wire a 30 Amp Subpanel : Electrical Installations & RepairsYouTube
You need 10-gauge, three-conductor cable to wire a 30-amp subpanel. This cable has two hot wires (usually colored red and black), a white neutral wire and a ground wire, which is usually bare but could be green. It carries electricity at 240 volts, so you must treat it differently than regular 120-volt electric cable.
The amount of current that is required for the connected loads can only be supported by a 30 Amp sub-panel. The maximum quantity of branch circuits can be determined with a load calculation. Two 15amp breakers or one 15amp and one 20amp can be used on a 30amp circuit.
You should not use a 30-amp circuit breaker on a 12-gauge wire. The circuit breaker installed on a circuit is of a specific size to protect a certain wire gauge. This higher current can damage the thinner wire, melt the insulation, cause short circuits, fire, and even lethal shock.