In today’s day and age, electricity has become our lifeline, and it’s now an absolute necessity for us to perform our daily functions properly. As such, circuits are important so that electricity can flow correctly and be used where it’s meant to be. However, there are times when you can experience an overloaded circuit when using a number of different appliances at the same time. This is where dedicated circuits come into play. In today’s post, Bailey & Shipp Electric, one of the leading electrical contractors, shares a basic rundown of dedicated circuits and what they can do for your home.
What Is a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is a line coming straight from your panel that directs electricity to a single appliance or plug. These equipment and appliances include kitchen appliances, receptacles, heaters and other items. Electrical codes prohibit any equipment, other than the “dedicated” appliance, from running on the same line. This ensures that circuit overloads don’t occur and breakers won’t get tripped.
What Is a Circuit Overload?
When multiple appliances are powered by a single circuit, there’s a high chance of your breaker “tripping” or shutting off due to the sheer volume of electricity and stress on the electrical system, also known as an overload. Circuit overloading is more common in older homes built prior to when electrical codes were mandated to ensure the safety of homeowners. It’s also possible that the circuits weren’t properly configured by an electrician, resulting in one feed having multiple appliances. This can be prevented by using appliances with dedicated circuits. Some come with as many as 6 or more dedicated 20amp circuits, especially with modern appliances. Keep in mind that this isn’t limited to the kitchen: it applies to other mechanical appliances as well.
What Appliances Require Dedicated Circuits?
Before using an appliance, make sure to read the manufacturer’s guide to see if they require it. Here’s a list of some appliances that require a dedicated circuit:
- Heating Appliances
- Air Conditioners
- Sump Pumps
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Laundry Appliances
For all your residential and commercial electrical needs, turn to Bailey & Shipp Electric. the trusted commercial electrical contractors in your area. We offer exterior lighting, hot tub wiring and more. Call us at (410) 571-0900 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and the rest of MA.