A Homeowner's Guide to Dedicated Circuits
If your home isn’t wired properly, you may have experienced outages from using too much power at once. That’s why it’s essential to hire a residential electrician to install a dedicated circuit in your electrical wiring. Here is a basic guide to dedicated circuits and which appliances would benefit from one.
What Is a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is an electrical wiring system that’s intended to be used with only one appliance. The device ensures that a circuit doesn’t become overloaded with too much power. If a power overload does occur, then the circuit may trip and shut off the power. A dedicated circuit can prevent you from overheating your wiring and possibly causing an electrical fire.
Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit?
It’s essential to have a residential electrician install a dedicated circuit for appliances that draw a lot of power regularly and appliances that pull a sudden and heavy draw of electricity.
Big appliances, like refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, dryers, and dishwashers, call for a dedicated circuit because they use too much electricity to share a circuit. Some water pumps, garbage disposals, and hot tubs may also require dedicated circuits.
Appliances that use a lot of electricity suddenly, like toasters, hairdryers, and window air conditioners, require a dedicated circuit to ensure they have sufficient amperage to operate properly and safely.
If you’re unsure if an appliance needs a dedicated circuit, you can always have a residential electrician test your outlets and devices to make sure they have the proper circuit.
If you need a dedicated circuit, turn to the electrical contractors at Oehl Plumbing, Heating, Electric & Air Conditioning, Inc. These residential electricians and HVAC specialists have been serving the areas of Iowa City, North Liberty, and Coralville, IA, for nearly 70 years and are known for their quality and affordable work. From electrical repairs to air conditioning repairs and water heater maintenance, they provide a variety of services and will finish each job in a timely manner. For more information about their services, call (319) 339-9490 or visit their website.
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