Did you know that each fixed appliance in your home should have its own electrical appliance circuits? Per the guidelines of the National Electrical Code, all fixed appliances need to have dedicated circuits for safety reasons. A dedicated circuit is one that is designed to provide electrical power to a specific fixed appliance. Circuits can easily be added to a room by a licensed electrician any time that you obtain a new appliance.
Each of the following items requires dedicated appliance circuits:
- Electric range
- Electric water heater
- Clothes washer
- Clothes dryer
- Garbage disposal
- Sump pump
- Heat pump
- Air conditioner
- Pool filter and heater
- Hot tub or spa
- Electric car
Professional electricians can also replace outdated appliance circuits with new ones in order to bring your home up to code. Older homes have not been properly fitted for many of the newer appliances that typically draw lots of power, making the use of older appliance circuits unsafe.
Using a circuit that wasn’t originally intended for use with a fixed appliance is an unsafe practice that should always be avoided. It’s better to bring in a professional to install a hookup for a new appliance rather than attempting to do it on your own. Only a licensed electrician should install appliance circuits since they have the experience and knowledge to do so safely.
An improperly installed appliance circuit can lead to electrical power issues that eventually create a fire hazard. When a licensed electrician installs your appliance circuits, you can be sure that they won’t overload. Dedicated appliance circuits can prevent power surges, damage to sensitive electronic equipment, and the risk of a fire occurring.
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