A home’s wiring system is very complex and has several built in safety measures. For instance, dedicated circuits are used for major appliances so they will not overload the circuit and trip the circuit breaker, causing the flow of electricity to stop. Appliances require a lot of electricity, so knowing when to use dedicated circuits can prevent safety hazards for you and your family.
Why use dedicated circuits?
Having too many appliances on one circuit will cause the circuit breaker to trip. A breaker can wear down over time and eventually will trip due to age and lack of replacing. If the breaker does not trip, the wiring insulation can overheat and lead to a dangerous electrical fire. This is why it is crucial to use a dedicated circuit.
Which appliances need a dedicated circuit?
Generally, all fixed appliances with their own motors need to have a dedicated circuit. This include refrigerators, washer and dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and furnaces to name a few. If you are unclear, you can check the manufacturer’s information that is provided when your purchase the appliance.
Are all dedicated circuit breakers the same?
Dedicated circuit breakers are not all the same and should be installed to suit the appliance it is being used with. The exact circuit size you need will vary from appliance to appliance although most appliances are safe between a 15-20 amp circuit. Washers, dryers, ranges and furnaces usually require 30 amp circuits or higher.
Safety is very important when it comes to electrical matters in your home. Using the appropriate dedicated circuit will guarantee that your breakers will not become overloaded and hazardous.
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