What is a dedicated circuit?
A dedicated circuit is dedicated to powering a single appliance. It also has its own breaker in the electrical panel.
Why does my home need dedicated circuits?
In our everyday life we rely on large-draw appliances -devices that require a lot of current to work. In order to power these devices without overloading your circuits, your large-draw appliances must run on their own circuits.
If these large draw appliances are plugged into circuits powering multiple devices, you may draw more power than the circuit can handle. The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) says that you can safely use 80% of a circuits ratting. So let’s say your circuits are 15 amps, you can only use 12 amps.
- Electric range (an electric stove)
- Garbage disposal
- Water heater
- Furnace (also heat pump)
- Sump pump
- Portable air conditioner
- Space Heater
- Blow Dryer
- Heating and Cooling systems
- Water pumps
- Hot tubs/ Jacuzzis
You run the risk of compromising your electrical system by overloading your circuits. When there is too much load on a circuit you may experience tripping breakers or blowing fuses, and overheating in your electrical wires which can result in a fire.
As you know, large-draw appliances must be plugged into dedicated circuits to ensure that there is enough power to run the appliance safely. Failing to do so can compromise your home’s electrical system.
If you’ve run out of circuit space in the panel or outlet space in a particular room, contact a licensed electrical contractor like Birnie Home Safe to assess your electrical situation. A licensed electrician can perform the necessary repairs to make your home electrically safe.
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Please note existing electrical issues or hazards, in the home, may warrant the need of a full-day electrical inspection with subsequent repairs.