Which Appliances Need a Dedicated Circuit?
Access to electricity and proper electrical function in a home is necessary to support normal daily activity in modern life. We use electricity for lighting, communication, security, cooking, entertainment, and more. Part of making sure your home is meeting your electrical needs is making sure it is operating safely and efficiently. Part of that safety and efficiency comes from having appliances on a dedicated circuit.
What is a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is pretty much how it sounds. It’s an electrical circuit that is completely devoted (or dedicated) to powering a single appliance or electrical application. It serves only one purpose and has its own switch in the breaker box, completely separate from interaction with other circuits and outlets in the home. Dedicated circuits are usually installed as a functionality measure, as well as for safety.
Why Do I Need Dedicated Circuits?
Ensuring the proper appliances are on a dedicated circuit will help prevent a lot of common household electrical risks and help keep your property secure. The proper use of dedicated circuits is also part of the standardized NEC safety codes.
Using dedicated circuits can help you avoid the following issues:
- Appliance damage
- Risks of electrical shock
- Fire hazards
- Flickering lights
- Tripped breakers
Which Appliances Should be on a Dedicated Circuit?
A dedicated circuit is useful for any appliances that draw a large amount of power on a consistent basis or appliances that pull a sudden and heavy draw.
As a rule of thumb, any appliance that is fixed (installed and not moved from outlet to outlet as needed) should be on a dedicated circuit. The most common fixed appliances that should be on dedicated circuits include the following:
- Heating and cooling systems
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Ovens, stoves, and ranges
- Hot water heaters
- Sump pumps
As we mentioned above, appliances that suddenly draw a large amount of power should also be on a dedicated circuit. These types of appliances may include:
- Window air conditioners
- Hair dryers
- Hair dryers
- Portable space heaters
Because there are many types of appliances that are smaller and may be moved around, your electricians may recommend that a “general use” dedicated circuit be installed in many rooms throughout the house. For example, a general use dedicated outlet in a bathroom will allow the safe use of a hair dryer, while a dedicated outlet in the living room can be used for a space heater or window air conditioner.
Dedicated Circuit Installation in Indianapolis
Looking for someone to install a dedicated circuit in your home? Not sure if you need one? We’ve got you covered! Contact White’s Electrical today to learn more about how we can help you.