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Why Your Fridge Might Be Tripping Breakers (And How to Fix It)


When it comes to electrical safety in your home, dedicated circuits play a crucial role. These specialized circuits are essential for major appliances, ensuring proper functioning, preventing hazards, and complying with electrical codes. Let’s explore why dedicated circuits matter and the risks associated with not having them.

Electrical Overload & Tripping Breakers
What is a Dedicated Circuit? A dedicated circuit is a separate electrical circuit installed exclusively for a specific appliance or device. It has its own circuit breaker in the electrical panel.
The Problem With Shared Circuits… When multiple appliances share the same circuit, they can draw more current than the circuit can handle. This overloading leads to frequent breaker trips and potentially other hazards. For example, running your microwave simultaneously with your toaster on the same circuit may overload the circuit.


1. Inconvenience Due to Tripped Breakers.

2. Potential Damage to The Appliance. 

3. Potential Sparking (due to heat).

4. Damage to Breaker (due to heat).

5. Electrical Fire Risk

Risk of Electrical Fires
Overheating & Insulation Breakdown: Operating major appliances on non-dedicated circuits can be risky. If the wiring heats up due to excessive current, it can cause insulation breakdown. This increases the risk of fires within your walls!
Dedicated Circuits Prevent Fires: Dedicated circuits limit the amount of current flowing through them, significantly reducing the probability of overload-related fires.

Appliance Damage
Premature Wear & Tear: Appliances that draw more current than the circuit can handle may suffer damage. Overheating due to overloading the circuit can lead to significant wear and affect the lifespan of your appliance(s).
Examples of Appliances Requiring Dedicated Circuits: Refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, electric ranges, air conditioning units, and other major appliances should be on their own dedicated circuit.

Electrocution Risk
Extreme Cases: In extreme situations, overloaded circuits can pose an electrocution risk.
Safe Electrical Distribution: Properly installed dedicated circuits minimize these risks by ensuring safe electrical distribution.

Code Compliance
National Electrical Code (NAC): The NEC mandates dedicated circuits for specific appliances. Following NEC guidelines ensures safety and compliance with electrical standards.

Having dedicated circuits for your appliances is essential. They prevent hazards, protect your appliances, and maintain electrical safety in your home. If you’re unsure, give us a call to assess your circuit needs and install dedicated circuits where necessary. Remember, safety always comes first! 🔌⚡