Kitchen appliances have special electrical requirements that are listed in the National Electric Code (NEC), which means your electrician has to wire your kitchen with safety in mind if installing brand new wiring in an old home or in a newly constructed structure. If installing in an old home, it must be kept in mind that the rest of the home may not be as energy efficient, so improvements may be suggested to you by your electrician in Plymouth that will pay for themselves time and time again in the form of money saved on your electric bill.
Nevertheless, appliance circuits have to be able to handle the demand of the appliances. For instance, the refrigerator is the most power consuming appliance in the home. There is no code that says a refrigerator needs to run on a separate circuit, but the code does have an exception which will allow you to do so.
Ensuring Electrical Wiring Is Up To Code
The code states that your home shall have at least two 20 amp countertop circuits, which means an appliance can pull from those two circuits. However, your electrician in Plymouth may designate separate circuits for your microwave, garbage disposal and your dishwasher if you have one. Lighting can be wired with the next room in order to keep circuits available. The reason is this: If you were to plug a 1500 watt coffeemaker into the same circuit as your 15amp bedroom power and lighting, you could blow a fuse or trip the circuit breaker. If wired correctly, tripping circuit breakers and blown fuses are not a worry. Your electrician is allowed to exceed the code in order to make your home safer for you and all others within it.
Wiring According To House Plans
If you are building a new home, you will find that the house plans call for electrical wiring as well. It is customary for an electrician in Plymouth to wire according to those plans, but it is not always the case. For instance, the homeowner decides they want to have a commercial line of appliances in the home. If this is found out, then it is important for the kitchen to be wired to accommodate those appliances. So when building your home, it is very important to let the electrician know what you will be needing power for so that the home can be wired for it. A home not wired for commercial appliances is one that will have an electrical system that will fail.
So when you know what kind of appliances and other items you will be using, tell the electrician the wattage so that the home can be custom wired. If the electrician doesn’t know to custom wire the home, then the home will be wired according to the house plans. The plans call for the least amount of wiring to be as cost effective as possible. Even if you don’t know for sure what kind of appliances you will be using, let the electrician know if there is the potential for you to use such items.
Contact An Electrician Plymouth
If you are building a home or having an existing one rewired, then you need an electrician who is able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Edison Electric Inc. has electricians that can custom wire your home to your specific power needs so that you do not have to deal with overloaded circuits or other issues that could be an inconvenience or a safety hazard. To schedule service or request an estimate, call us at 612-385-7864 or fill out the form on this page and someone from our office will contact you to discuss your electrical needs.