Dedicated Circuits

Dedicated Circuits: Home as a System

For the most part, people don’t consider the home as a system. This serves to be the root of the problem for most issues. It is precisely owing to this reason that problems related to the electrical system of the home arise, since most home owners are not aware of the importance as well as the interdependence of this system. However, you needn’t worried since Butterworth Electric can help you out in this aspect. They would conduct a comprehensive assessment of the home’s electrical system and let you know if there is any trouble. What are you waiting for? Call Butterworth Electric right away.

What do you mean by a Dedicated Circuit?

In simpler words, the electricity that enters the home first goes through the fuse box or the circuit breakers box. Inside the fuse/circuit breaker box you would find individual circuits. They feed on various section of the business or home. Each of these circuits is protected by either a fuse or a breaker. The outlets for the small appliances need a 15 amp circuit. Then you would be able to find outlets that fall under the mid range item such toasters and hair dryers that consume about 20 amps. Then the heavy machines like laundry dryers take up 30-50 amps dedicated circuits. For safety purposes, certain heavy and medium duty appliances need their own circuits which are also known as dedicated circuits.

Now, that you are aware of what a dedicated circuit is as well as its function, it would be a good idea to call Butterworth Electric and set up an appointment right away. In this way, you can operate the home or business safely.

Here is a list of appliances that require dedicated circuits:

Electric range
Refrigerator
Freezer
Microwave
Dishwasher
Wall oven
Electric dryer
Toaster
Garbage disposal
Kitchen countertop
Space heater
Furnace
Clothes washer
Water heater
Garage door opener
Blow dryer
Air conditioning unit
Central vacuum
Sauna
Whenever you install any heavy duty electrical appliance it would require its own dedicated system along with an appropriate circuit breaker and size wire. The size of the circuit breaker and the wire would be dependent on whether the electrical appliance can take up either 120 or 240 volts.

What will happen if you don’t get the right dedicated circuits?

In case, you fail to place the appropriate dedicated circuit, then it is quite likely that the appliance will draw more current than it can actually handle. This in turn would cause the wiring to overheat and the insulation around the wire would melt down. When the insulating barrier has broken down or melted, then the current won’t be confined and it could ignite that could cause an electrical fire. However, the circuit breakers would sense the excess floe of the current and it would help stop the surge. In case, you notice that the circuit breaker constantly trips then you should call Butterworth Electric right away.