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Do You Need A Dedicated Circuit For Your Appliances?

Modern technology puts a much greater burden on our home’s electrical systems than they were initially built to accommodate. One way to work around this electrical system flaw, without completely replacing your system is by adding dedicated circuits to handle your appliances that draw the most electricity.

electricians inspecting breakers on a circuit panel

We’ll take you through your home room by room and explain which appliances and devices could benefit from having a dedicated circuit. Not only will this make life more convenient for you, but it will also limit safety hazards and potential fires.


The kitchen uses up a lot of electricity, from the large appliances to the small countertop ones. So which ones need a dedicated circuit of their own?

We recommend installing dedicated circuits for the following:

  • Electric oven, stove, or range
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher

Laundry Room

Your laundry room is home to two major appliances, your washing machine, and dryer. We would highly recommend installing a dedicated circuit for these appliances because they do draw so much electricity when in use.

If you use other appliances in the laundry room as well, such as an iron or steamer, we would recommend setting up an additional circuit to handle their electricity needs.


Your garage is home to all sorts of odd objects and tools, some of which use a lot of power and some of which use no power at all.

If you use any of these appliances or tools, we recommend you give them their own circuit breaker:

  • Stand-alone freezer or chest freezer
  • Large air compressor
  • Power saw, drill, and other power tools
  • Sump pump
  • Central air conditioning unit
  • Water heater

If you’re ever unsure about how much your current circuit breakers can handle, contact the professionals at Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (540) 685-4040! We are here to help you live comfortably knowing your home’s electrical system is safe!

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