Keyword | CPC | PCC | Volume | Score |
---|---|---|---|---|

gauges 14 | 1.62 | 0.3 | 6578 | 63 |

Just remember that the lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire. 16 gauge is thinner than 14 gauge, which is thinner than 12 gauge.

The NEC limit for 14-gauge wire is 20 amps , which means you should never use 14-gauge wire in your 240-volt circuits, only your 120-volt circuits, or the amperage will exceed the wire's capacity. Using the basic electrical formula "Watts = Volts x Amps," the wire presents the equation Watts = 120 x 20 with a result of Watts = 2,400.

How do you tell if your old wiring is 12-gauge or 14-gauge? Here's a simple visual. Twelve gauge is about the thickness of a nickel, and 14-gauge is about the thickness of a dime . Also, look at the breaker for the circuit in question to see if it's a 15-amp or a 20-amp breaker.

Using the basic electrical formula "Watts = Volts x Amps," the wire presents the equation Watts = 120 x 20 with a result of Watts = 2,400. You can load 2,400 watts onto your 14-gauge wiring for a 120-volt circuit.