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Should my computer have a dedicated circuit?

Computer Keyboard and Entertainment System

Homes typically have dedicated circuits that run from their breaker box to large appliances that draw a lot of power. For example, your refrigerator, washer and dryer will most likely have their own grounded circuit, built to handle the electrical load required for that particular item. Plugging too many appliances into one circuit can cause the wires to overheat, resulting in melted insulation and a fire hazard.

In light of these facts, you may be wondering whether it's a good idea to contact your Washington, DC electrical service contractor to have a dedicated circuit installed for your computer. The answer depends a lot on circumstances, such as how often you use the machine, how big it is, how much power it draws and whether it's situated in a room where there are many other electronic items operating in the room at the same time.

It's becoming more common these days for homeowners to use their computer not just as a means of accessing the internet, but of controlling their entertainment system and playing back things like music, movies and video games. As a result, the computer is just one of many components, including a television set, speakers and audio equipment, that are drawing electricity. In such a situation, it may be a good idea to have a dedicated circuit installed that can handle this equipment. Not only will it prevent the overheating mentioned above, but it will also avoid potentially disastrous situations, such as an outage or a flipped breaker, which could cause data loss and other problems.

If you're still unsure whether you'll need a dedicated circuit for your computer, we suggest giving John C. Flood a call today and having one of our Virginia electrical repair specialists come to your house for a consultation. We'll look at your current setup and determine whether it is adequate or needs upgrading.