Appliances are apart of our daily lives, but we typically don’t focus on how they are being powered. If the breaker is tripping often, there could be an issue with the wiring. A Residential Electrician can easily help you determine what appliance should be assigned to a dedicated circuit
What is a dedicated circuit?
A dedicated circuit is used by one appliance only. Meaning the circuit is not shared with any other devices or appliances. Nothing else is able to draw energy from this circuit. The purpose of the dedicated circuit has one purpose. It also had it owns circuit breaker, which should be labeled in your electrical box.
Most major appliances such as; washer/dryer, hot tub, large kitchen appliances etc. require a dedicated circuit for safety, protection and proper function.
Why would these major appliances require a dedicated circuit?
A dedicated circuit can help protect your appliance, your home, and your family. If you are to have multiple major appliances all on single circuit, the likelihood of overloading is very high. When you overload the circuit it will “trip” the circuit breaker, which then stops the flow of electricity to the appliance.
A breaker can wear out and fail to trip after excess tripping. If the breaker fails to trip, the electrical outlet can overheat leading to damage of your appliance or worse start an electrical fire. If you have a breaker constantly tripping, do not ignore this warning sign, and call a residential electrician.
The Right-Sized Dedicated Circuit
The right size circuit is essential because if it is too small, the circuit will continually trip and wear out. But don’t panic, you will not be expected to know the size of circuit needed. A residential electrician comes with the experience and knowledge to know how much power to each appliance is required.
What appliances require a dedicated circuit?
If an appliance has a motor and is essential to your safety, comfort or lifestyle, it is worth discussing putting on a dedicated circuit. A major appliance is going to use a lot of energy and will require a dedicated circuit. Again, without a dedicated circuit, the appliance can use more current then the circuit can handle. Resulting in tripping breakers, a damaged appliance, and worse case cause an electrical fire.
Proline Electric is Here to Help
If you have a breaker tripping frequently, or unsure if you require a dedicated circuit. Call our Office – 780-460-1505 and schedule a free estimate.
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