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The 411 On Dedicated Circuits

Have you heard the term ‘dedicated circuit’? Have you been wondering what it means? Well, you can now rest assured knowing that we’ve got answers.

Find out what happens as electricity enters your home and how your devices work below:

You’ve seen those big overhead power lines in the neighborhood and probably know that they are supplying your home with electricity, but what happens when it gets to your home? All electricity that enters goes through your circuit breaker or fuse box. Within each circuit breaker/fuse box, you have individual circuits that feed electricity into different sections of your home.

Outlets for small electrical appliances require 15-amp circuits, mid-range items like hair dryers and toasters require 20-amps and heavy-duty appliances can require up to 50-amp dedicated circuits. Heavy duty electrical appliances need their own dedicated circuit with the appropriate size wire and circuit breaker. If they don’t it can cause the wiring to overheat and the insulation to break down or melt.

Dedicated circuits work to keep your home safe by sensing the flow of excess current and stopping the surge before damage takes place. If you notice your circuit breaker is constantly tripping you should have it looked at right away.

That’s where we come in! Contact Lon Lockwood Electric for any and all of your residential electrical needs. We proudly serve Rochester and the surrounding areas so give us a call at (585) 766-4702 to schedule an appointment today!