Originally Posted by powerboatr
my fridge, water heater and an outlet are all on the same 20 amp breaker
it was originally a 15 amp breaker and when the fridge was on electric and the water heater was heating it pulled 14.5-14.9 amps sometimes 16 and pop goes the breaker, and used to get very very HOT
so i swapped in a 20 amp and viola its all good
Not trying to tell you what to do, but I don't know if that's a good idea to replace the breaker with a larger one. The 15 amp breaker was used probably because it is connected to 14-2 wire. A 20 amp breaker needs 12-2 wire at a minimum. The breaker is designed to trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. With a 20 amp breaker connected to 14-2 wire, it will not trip before the wire's insulation begins to melt. Thus, this is an unsafe situation that could result in a fire.