I was wondering if the refrigerator needs to be on its own circuit or can have other outlets with it. It seems a waste to use a whole circuit on a refrigerator.
It probably does not use that much power.
Hi Bruno - Great Electrical Repair Question! Yes the refrigerator is required to be on its own 15 amp circuit when building a new home or performing a kitchen remodel.
I understand what you are saying and if you have an existing 20 amp circuit and a low energy consuming refrigerator I can see where you would be very tempted to share this circuit, but it really should not be done. In older homes i'm sure you will find that there are fewer kitchen circuits and that many of them are shared, but that was common years ago.
Today we find our kitchens stocked with higher energy consuming appliances so this is why upgrading the wiring to today's requirements is a good practice to follow, besides it will increase your home value and make your kitchen equipped to serve you better.
The most important benefit of upgrading kitchen wiring is having the outlets that are GFCI protected to reduce the chance of electric shock.
See this page for more information about Kitchen Circuits
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Basic Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools, a Voltage Tester and a Multi Meter.
Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, work with electrical wiring, and the available access to the project area. Precaution:
Identify the project circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Modifying existing electrical circuits or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
This is a testing tool that is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
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Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included
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