Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen? There are things you need to know before you tear your kitchen down and start the renovation process, especially when it comes to electrical systems.
First, a note: Always consult a licensed and bonded electrician to map out and install new electrical systems. Overloaded circuits and misplaced outlets can be a real hazard to the home and its occupants.
The kitchen of the past is very different from the kitchen of today. Even 50 years ago, many kitchen appliances were mechanical. All of it changed in the 21st century, as more appliances are invented which require more power. In fact, seven electrical circuits are the minimum for the modern kitchen.
The kitchen electrical code is directed by building regulators and fire prevention professionals.
Misapplying these circuits to the kitchen can be a great inconvenience, and there are so many things that can’t be done if there are no sufficient number of electrical circuits. The kitchen electrical code provides a guideline for those who wanted to give their kitchen makeover:
- When rebuilding or renovating a kitchen, make sure that there are two 20-amp 120-volt circuits that can be used for small appliances. These receptacles should be placed on the top of the counters. Portable plug-in appliances can be attached to these circuits, and it can be very convenient, especially if someone is trying to use it frequently.
- When you have an oven inside the kitchen, make sure that there is a standalone 120-volt or 240-volt circuit that will be installed. The oven would not work properly if it is attached to a different circuit.
- For those who have dishwashers inside their kitchen, it will be very important it is attached to a 120-volt circuit. A 15-amp or a 20-amp circuit can suffice, but make sure that they can accept the electrical load.
- The refrigerator and the microwave oven require a 120-volt circuit that has an amperage rating of 15-amp.
- Countertop receptacles must be GFCI protected and should be placed six feet away from the sink to avoid any accidents. The receptacles should also be spaced at least four feet apart.
- The kitchen lighting should be placed in a different circuit, supplied by light with an amperage rating of about 15-amp.
If you have any questions, we want you to be safe, so reach out!