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“Waxhaw Electrician”

Since: Nov 09


#1 Nov 23, 2009
Hello out there, I'm Dan Peters, owner of Sparks Electrical Company. I moved here last year to Lawson shea homes in Waxhaw. I lived with my parents there for a few months. Now I live in Pulte Belair homes. But anyway, while I was in Lawson, I worked on many of the homes over there.
I found out that most of the homes have an overload issue.
If the circuit breaker doesn't do its job, these homes will burn.
Also, they are not wired to code.
This is whats the kitchens the refridgerator, the counter outlets, and the dining room outlets are all on the same 20 amp circuit breaker.
By code this is unacceptable.
The electrical code states that you have to have 2 small appliance circuits. A refrigerator is not a small appliance.
Also, if your refrigerator uses more than 10 amp (look on inside of door for watts, then divide by 120) for amperage. Most fridges are about 12 amps.
So, the code states any appliance/motor that uses more than half the capacity of the breaker must be by itself. My little nephew in 1st grade told me that half of 20 is 10, and 12 is more than 10.
So, he figured out that the refrigerator is supposed to be by itself.
It's not the inspector's fault at all. This can be easily overlooked as I have overlooked it myself.
I actually stumbled across this looking for the breakers that work the kitchen and refrigerator and couldn't find any.
The fault lies in the hands of the guy who wired the home.
I called him to repair my aunt's home and he said that it was done right.
Technically, it's not. Your fridge is not a small appliance.
Some of the fridge's in your neighborhood use less than 10 amps.
So they could be added with other items. But not the counter outlets.
Now the dining room outlets are allowed to be on with the counter outlets.
But the fridge has never been allowed on either of them.
So, check your fridge, if its more than 10 amps....find the circuit breaker that controls it.
The freezer in your garage is by itself on its own breaker.....
Why isn't the full size fridge/freezer in your house on its own breaker?
So, if you have something plugged in the dining room that pops the breaker, and you don't see it because you've gone away for a few days. You could come home to a very smelly rotten surpise.

“Waxhaw Electrician”

Since: Nov 09


#2 Nov 23, 2009
If you want me to check out your home for free and offer suggestions that will help your house not to burn down and for your fridge to never turn off because of something else in a different room tripping the circuit breaker, call me email me or checkout
I am in the process of working on my website...the new one will be operational soon.
Possum D Podunk

Rural Hall, NC

#3 Dec 20, 2009
You are correct in saying the Fridge is supposed to be on a separate circuit if wired to a 20 amp circuit. Like you said many, if not most, new frost free Fridges pull 12 amps. Going back a few years that wasn't so. All Fridges, except commercial, back then pulled 10 amps. The state of NC is living in the past on code. When you take the NC Electrical class exams you will see what I mean. By the way you must be licensed in this state to wire here.

I don't think they allow free advertising on this site but at least you know the right way to wire. I would hire you-after you pass the NC code.

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