The National Electrical Code requires that every fixed appliance must be served by a separate, dedicated circuit, that is not shared by any other appliance. A dedicated circuit is defined as “a circuit that serves only one appliance”. These appliances include refrigerators, freezers, electric range, electric water heaters, furnaces, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. A good rule of thumb is that if it has a motor, it needs its own circuit. It’s far better to have too many circuits, rather than not enough!
If you’ve ever had a major appliance connected to the same circuit as another and a circuit breaker has tripped or a fuse has blown, then you understand the need for these specific circuits. A dedicated circuit is set aside with a specific purpose, with its own circuit breaker in your electrical box. A dedicated circuit is “dedicated to that single appliance.
Dedicated circuits protect your appliances and your home. If your circuit breakers are constantly tripping, then contact The Tradesman Electric today about the need for dedicated circuits in your home. Our professionals can provide an electrical inspection, ensuring the safety of your home.