Your appliances are what your electrical system is there for, so it’s very important to make sure that your appliances can run safely and run well. If you’re having trouble making toast in the morning—you trip a breaker or put added strain on kitchen appliances—your appliances may not be receiving the amount of electricity they need. For some major electrical appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, and space heaters), the National Electrical Code will require you to have dedicated appliance circuits installed.
The professional electricians at Solaris Electric & Plumbing can make sure that the appliance circuits you need to keep every part of your home as functional as you need it to be. We’ll inspect your home and electrical system, and if we find that you need dedicated appliance circuits, we’ll be ready to install them and alter your wiring where it’s necessary promptly and professionally.
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What Is a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is simply a circuit that has only one specific purpose, with its own circuit break within your electrical panel. These types of circuits are typically used with only one single appliance. Because no other appliance will use the energy from the circuit, it’s referred to as “dedicated”.
Dedicated appliance circuits are used to ensure that major appliances that use a significant amount of electricity are able to get the energy they need without overloading your electrical system, blowing a fuse, or tripping a breaker. Appliances between medium and heavy-duty may need their own dedicated circuit:
- 20 Amp: For mid-range appliances like hairdryers and toasters.
- 20-50 amp: For heavy-duty appliances like washers and dryers. These circuits usually have measures in place to prevent them from drawing too much power and possibly starting a fire.
Appliances That Need a Dedicated Circuit Include:
- Wall ovens
- Garbage disposals
- Washers and Dryers
- Heating and AC Units
- Garage door openers
- Sump pumps
- Water pumps
- Blow dryers
- Central vacuums
- Water heaters
- Space heaters
Our professionals can help you determine whether any appliance circuits are necessary for your Orlando home, and we’ll take care of every aspect of the job.
How a Dedicated Outlet Can Benefit You
Dedicated receptacles are becoming more and more useful, especially for your more demanding electrical appliances. You use more and more powerful appliances in your home today than you did 20 years ago. Circuit breaker boxes protect your electrical and appliances by distributing equal amounts of electricity into your home.
- Greatly reduce the risk of overloading or losing power to your major appliances.
- Increase productivity by using a dedicated receptacle and no downtime in case of outages.
- Reduced electrical noise from sharing circuits that could cause surges or power fluctuations that subsequently damage your system.
- Reduce the risk of dangerous electrical fires that could be caused by an overloaded system.
There are certain systems that will likely need their own dedicated receptacles such as fridges and freezers, electric stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers, furnaces, and other HVAC systems. This will reduce any trips you might experience due to the heavy energy consumption of these appliances.
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Using a Dedicated Outlet to Protect Your Computer System
A dedicated computer receptacle serves much the same function. It’s designed to be used exclusively by your computer system, adding additional safeguards to expensive equipment and important documents. If you’re working from home or running a small business, you don’t want the demands of other electrical appliances in your home to affect the way you work.
- Ensures the device using the dedicated circuit will not be overloaded.
- Reduces the risk of overloading other appliances sharing the same circuit.
- Ensure that the power supply remains uninterrupted so that you can work.