Why Do I Need a Dedicated Circuit for an Appliance?

dedicated circuit breakerDedicated appliance circuits are used for the heaviest appliances in your house. Some of these circuits already exist in your home because they’re required to be there by electrical code.

For example, your stove, fridge, and dishwasher are all on dedicated circuits. This ensures that each appliance receives the right amount of current, preventing electrical overloads.

Thus, you’ll need to install new dedicated circuits if you want to install a new heavy-duty appliance.

People don’t always think about this right away. They may assume that every appliance in their home that needs a dedicated circuit already has one.

But if you’re installing a heavy duty freezer or a whirlpool, for example, you’re adding appliances that didn’t come with the house. That means those circuits won’t be there unless you make the effort to get them there.

It’s not a good idea to risk simply plugging those new appliances into normal household circuits. The appliance may well overload shared circuits, which can lead to melted wires and dangerous fires. It can also lead to circuit breakers that trip constantly as your fuses step in to attempt to compensate for the mismatch.

In each case, you’re not getting the full value of your appliance. And you may lose the appliance altogether.

The truth is, any appliance is an expensive investment for any homeowner. Therefore it makes sense to protect that investment!

Sadly, a dedicated circuit installation is not really a DIY task. It’s better to let a qualified electrician take care of the process for you.

If you’re purchasing a new appliance and you’d like to protect it, give us a call. We’ve been providing our expert electrical services to homeowners and businesses in the Raleigh-Durham area for over 25 years, and we’d be happy to help you out, too.

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