Dedicated Circuits

Most homeowners don't spend much time thinking about their home electrical system. When you turn on your refrigerator or dishwasher, you just expect them to work without any issues. However, if your electrical system is set up improperly, you may not just be dealing with useless appliances—you could be putting your home and your family at risk. Let us help you better understand the intricacies of your electrical system and ensure your home is as safe as possible. One of our primary services is the installation of dedicated circuits, which help safely supply electricity to appliances in your home with higher power demands.

What is a dedicated circuit?
Your home electrical system is comprised of a series of circuits that cycle electricity between your outlets and electrical panel. Dedicated circuits are designed to supply electricity to appliances with higher power demands than average appliances and electronics. A dedicated circuit has its own circuit breaker inside the electrical panel, and each dedicated circuit serves only one appliance.

Which appliances need dedicated circuits?
Any appliance that uses a great deal of electricity should have a dedicated circuit. This includes refrigerators, electric stoves, electric ovens, air conditioners, electric furnaces, washers and dryers, and sump pumps. Dishwashers and garbage disposals also often each have their own dedicated circuit. Generally speaking, your appliance should have a dedicated circuit if it has some kind of motor. For help determining which of your appliances require dedicated circuits, let us examine your home's electrical system.

Why are dedicated circuits important?
Dedicated circuits are important for keeping your appliances in good shape and for ensuring your safety. For example, a dedicated circuit for your air conditioner can ensure that the unit receives enough electricity without blowing a fuse or otherwise overloading your system. If you don't have a dedicated circuit and a disconnect for your air conditioner, the electrical current may overheat your wire insulation and even cause a fire.

Are dedicated circuits required by law?
Dedicated circuits aren't just a good idea—they are required by the National Electric Code. If you have an older home that doesn't have dedicated circuits for all its fixed appliances, you should have an electrician from Ash Creek make sure your system is up to code. You might also upgrade some of your other home's other circuits as needed.
For more information about dedicated circuits, call us today at (608) 647-5500.