Electrical Wiring in the Home/20 amp outlet

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I bought a tanning bed, it uses 110 but needs a 20amp wall outlet.I purchased the 20amp wall outlet, but i noticed the breaker in the breaker box for that particular outlet is a 15amp breaker.
Does the circuit breaker for that room need to be a 20amp breaker or will a 15amp be ok?

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You risk starting a fire by connecteing a 20 amp appliance to a 15 amp circuit. You can not change the breaker without changing the wire. That is the quickest way to start a fire. You will need an electrician to change the wire, then change the breaker. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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