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What Is A Dedicated Electrical Circuit

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A dedicated electrical circuit provides a variety of functions and benefits in your home. By getting all your appliances wired properly with this type of circuit, you avoid dangerous problems such as overheating or tripping the breaker. The National Electrical Code states that electrical appliances such as refrigerators, dryers and stoves must have dedicated circuits, rather than sharing a circuit with other appliances. If you have not already, make sure to contact a licensed electrician to help you with your dedicated electrical circuits.

What Is A Dedicated Electrical Circuit?

A dedicated circuit has its own circuit breaker and only has one appliance connected to it. If all appliances were to use the same circuit, the devices would most likely be damaged and their efficiency would be impacted. If you have your major appliances on their own circuits, you won’t need to worry about the system becoming overloaded or the circuit breaker constantly tripping.

If you do have any breakers which are always tripping, this is an obvious sign that you need dedicated circuits for those larger appliances to prevent any further damage. Generally, any appliances that are fixed and have their own motors will need a dedicated circuit. Unlike regular power outlets, these will only have one specific appliance using the energy from its own dedicated outlet.

Why Do You Need Dedicated Electrical Circuits?

The lack of proper dedicated electrical circuits poses a serious risk to your safety. The system can become overloaded if more than one large appliance is drawing from it. This means that the wiring insulation overheats and can cause an electrical fire. Separate circuits ensure that enough power is supplied to larger appliances. As a result, anything in your home that uses electricity will be able to operate safely and efficiently. An overloaded system is a dangerous hassle.

Although not high, the initial costs of installing dedicated circuit outlets might seem off-putting. But they will certainly save you money, and provide peace of mind, in the long run. Not having these circuits will cause damage to appliances and create serious and costly safety risks.

Circuit sizes are measured in amps and various size options are used for different devices depending on their electrical currents. A licensed electrician will advise you as to the right size for the right appliance. All fixed appliances need to have a separate circuit, even if they do not have the highest currents.

Here Are A Few 15 To 20-Amp Appliances That Need Dedicated Electrical Circuits

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Trash Compactor
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Hairdryer

Appliances Needing A Dedicated Circuit Of More Than 30-Amp

  • Dryer
  • Central AC
  • Electric Furnace

Dedicated electrical circuit outlets are a necessity for the reliable and safe flow of electricity to all your appliances and devices. They will protect your appliances, your family, and the rest of your home. A constantly tripping breaker is not only an annoyance but also a safety hazard. This can cause bigger problems such as an electrical fire. Major appliances must not share electricity circuits with other devices. To be safe, make sure that you have proper dedicated electrical circuits which have been wired and installed by a licensed professional. If you already have a functioning dedicated circuit, we also advise you to get it inspected by an electrician every now and then. Call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric today for all your electrical needs.

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