Which Appliances Need Dedicated Circuits

Do you find that your home experiences tripped circuits or blown fuses on an abnormally frequent basis? Not having dedicated circuits (or enough circuits in general) will force you to live in the dark each time you turn on an appliance that uses a lot of power.

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What is a Dedicated Circuit?

A dedicated circuit is exactly what it sounds like — a circuit that is meant to serve a single appliance or piece of equipment. The National Electric Code requires that specific appliances run on their own circuit to ensure optimal performance and to prevent the circuit from being overloaded.

Why You Need to Prevent Overloads

When circuits become overloaded, the electrical wiring will become dangerously hot. Even if the circuit breaks or the fuse is blown, electrical fires can occur when these circuits become overloaded. Therefore, an electrician should inspect your current electrical system to make sure all critical-use appliance and equipment are each on their own dedicated circuits.

Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit?

  • Furnace
  • Air Conditioner
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Electric Range/Cooktop/Oven
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • Water Heater
  • Sump Pump

If your home’s most powerful appliances don’t each have their own dedicated circuit, you might as well be playing with fire! When you need to rewire your home’s electrical system or would like new circuits installed, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.

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