The electrical usage of Cincinnati households and commercial buildings has changed greatly over the last few decades. Your home or business’s electrical system may have been just right when the structure was first built, but now you find yourself limited; this is a common complaint from homeowners living in residences which are more than 15 years old, and business owners utilizing older commercial spaces.
Adding new electrical circuits to your Cincinnati home or business is a solution which can safely and effectively accommodate all the electrical devices and appliances you use on a daily basis. If the following situations apply, it’s time to add a circuit (or multiple circuits) to improve the performance and safety of your electrical system.
You’re experiencing electrical difficulties
Do you find yourself constantly visiting the electrical panel to reset tripped breakers? Are you experiencing power interruptions? If so, a new circuit may be warranted.
The above issues are commonly caused when a circuit becomes overloaded or is malfunctioning. A circuit overload takes place when the connected devices draw more current than the circuit can handle; this can occur when there are many devices plugged into a circuit and in use simultaneously. When overloading is detected, your breaker will trip to prevent overheating and electrical fires.
Electrical power interruptions can be the result of a malfunctioning circuit. If you’re operating devices on a circuit that is malfunctioning, you may experience intermittent power interruptions as you use a particular device, or may not be able to use a device at all. A circuit malfunction may also cause the circuit’s breaker to trip.
You’re installing a new appliance
Appliances such as refrigerators, HVAC systems, and other equipment which draws a large amount of power to operate should be installed on a dedicated circuit. As the name suggests, a dedicated circuit is one meant specifically to accommodate the electrical needs of a particular appliance or device. Using these appliances on a circuit where other devices are in use can cause an overload and frequent breaker trips.
If you’re simply replacing an appliance, you may not need a new circuit if the existing one is a dedicated circuit and is performing appropriately. If you plan to install an appliance which wasn’t previously a part of the home or business, such as a central HVAC system or dishwasher, a new circuit is appropriate.
For safe and reliable installation of additional circuits to support your household’s electrical needs, call Nelson Comfort today.