What is a Dedicated Circuit?
All electricity that enters your home goes through your circuit breaker box or fuse box. These are circuits that control a single area of your home or business. Example: Home business should have one circuit just for the PC and another for all other office equipment. Within your circuit breaker box/fuse box you have each circuit that feed electricity into different sections of your home or business. Each circuit is protected by a breaker or fuse. Outlets for small electrical appliances need 15-amp circuits. Outlets for mid-range items, like hair dryers and toasters, require 20-amp circuits. Heavy duty appliances like dryers can require anywhere from 30 to 50 amp dedicated circuits and are protected by “double pole” breakers. For safety reasons, certain medium and heavy duty appliances require their own circuit or a “dedicated circuit”.
Another way to determine if you need a dedicated circuit for your new equipment and appliances, is to read the information provided from the manufactures UL label. Here you will find the voltage, amperage or wattage that is required to safely operate your electrical equipment. By looking at the nameplate to the right: This tells you that this equipment must have a circuit installed just for this piece of equipment, not just plug this into an existing 15 amp circuit in your home or business.
At Integrity Electric we have the safety of you and your family in mind, below is a list of items that should have a dedicated circuit. Give us a call and we will make sure that you have all the dedicated circuits you need to safely operate your home or business.
Common Appliances that Need Dedicated Circuits
- Electric Range
- Wall Oven
- Garbage Disposal
- Kitchen Countertop (2)
- Electric Dryer
- Clothes Washer
- Space Heater
- Heating & Air Conditioning Units
- Water Heater
- Garage Door Opener
- Garage (2)
- Sump Pump
- Water Pump
- Central Vacuum
- Whirlpool/Jacuzzi/Hot Tub/Sauna
- Bathroom (2)
- Blow Dryer
- Computer / Office Equipment
- 40 inch or Larger Flat Screen Televisions
- Portable Window Mounted Air Conditioner
Anytime you install a heavy duty electrical appliance it needs to have its own dedicated circuit with the appropriate size wire and circuit breaker. The size of the wire and circuit breaker will depend upon whether the electrical appliance is 120-volts or 240-volts. What Happens if I Don’t Have the Right Dedicated Circuits?
If you don’t have the appropriate dedicated circuit, an appliance may draw more current than the circuit can handle. This can cause the wiring to overheat and the insulation around the wire to breakdown or melt. Once the insulating barrier around the wire has melted, the current is no longer confined, and can ignite flammable materials within the wall leading to an electrical fire. Fortunately, circuit breakers sense the flow of excess current and stop the surge of current before damage takes place. If your circuit breaker is continuously tripping, as a safety precaution you should call Integrity Electric to have a dedicated circuit installed.
If you are remodeling your home or business, adding a new heavy duty electrical appliance or you simply need additional outlets, you will need new dedicated circuits.
Don’t risk the shutdown of critical appliances or worse – an electrical fire. Call Integrity Electric today for the dedicated circuits you need.