Dedicated Circuits and GFI Outlets

Dedicated circuits serve only one appliance in your home or office. They are a great insurance policy that protects your expensive appliances from being compromised by sharing a circuit with another appliance. If you are remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, chances are you will need to upgrade the existing wiring and outlets so that they will safely accommodate any new appliances or Dedicated Circuits for special appliances and equipment equipment you are adding. The circuit wiring has to be able to carry the right amount of current to these appliances, and the circuit itself must be properly grounded. The wire and circuit breaker size needed depends on the amperage or current required by the appliance.

By code, kitchen dishwashers and garbage disposals must have their own dedicated circuits, with nothing else on that circuit — but it is wise to install the same protection for many other heavy-duty appliances when remodeling. For example, today’s sub-zero refrigerators are much larger than older models. These types of refrigerators have built-in ice makers and water/ice dispensers built into the door, a driving fan, a compressor, an evaporator and a condenser. Years ago a dedicated circuit might not be necessary for a standard refrigerator, but we would recommend installing a dedicated circuit for a new model such as this. Other appliances that use large amounts of electricity and would benefit from dedicated circuits include freezers, spas, swimming pool pumps, compressors, electric stoves, commercial-grade microwave ovens, trash compactors, electric water heaters, washers & dryers, heat pumps, sump pumps, and air conditioners.

With a bathroom remodel or addition, dedicated circuits can be installed to provide the proper connections for a spa, jacuzzi, and other new items. Ground Fault Interrupter or GFI outlets must be installed in the bath and other locations that can get wet: at your kitchen counter, in the garage, or outdoors.

Businesses expanding to larger spaces and adding more equipment such as networked computers or servers often need dedicated circuits, additional outlets, new wiring, and panel upgrades. Our commercial customers can trust us to do the job quickly and efficiently.

The process of adding dedicated circuits requires skill and knowledge, so unless you have a great deal of electrical experience, don’t guess at it. Call the professionals at Spire Electric and have the work done safely and correctly. We’ve been helping customers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties with their residential and commercial projects since 1987 and pride ourselves on our reputation for quality work.

Spire Electric serves the communities on the beautiful Southwest Coast of Florida: Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto, Oneco, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key. We look forward to helping you too.

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