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.
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?
- Air Conditioner
- Electric Range/Cooktop/Oven
- Washing Machine
- 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) 207-9952.