Appliance Circuit Installation
For the safety, both of your home and your family, the electrical outlets and circuits need to be in top working condition. Having the right appliance circuit in your home isn’t just about convenience, more than that it’s about safety.
Learning how to install appliance circuits is not that hard, so long as you take the necessary precautions. With any electrical project though, you should seek the help of a professional electrician service. The steps below give a general outline on how to quickly add need electrical outlets to your home.
First, you need to find the circuit breaker switch that controls the outlet you wish to change. Find your circuit breaker and check each of the buttons. If none of them are marked to say which one powers what, then you'll have to turn each one off and test each outlet to find the right one. You can leave a light plugged into the outlet and flick each switch. Ideally, you should shut down all switches but if that may not always be an option.
If the outlet isn’t working correctly, you’ll need to get a circuit tester to see if the wires connected to the outlet are inactive.
Once the power is off, you can unscrew the front cover plate. When pulled out you’ll see two wires connected to the outlet, or three if it’s a grounded circuit to the main service box. You should have one white and one black wire, with the ground wire being green. If you have an older home that hasn’t been upgraded the colors may vary, but the most common are white and black.
The white wire is the neutral wire, also referred to as the ground wire. The black wire is the feed or hot wire that supplied the electricity. Before changing anything take note of where each wire is going so you can rewire them correctly. Some outlets have multiple options for how they are wired.
Depending on what your purpose is, whether you’re switching the wires or just the outlet box, make the changes you need and ensure the wires are reconnected correctly to the outlet box. You may need a pair of pliers to assist with installing each cable. Tighten the outlet back into place with new screws and go to the circuit breaker to reactivate the power. If the switch only trips again, then it means you have either shorted out the wires or miswired the outlet. Recheck the outlet and make any changes that are needed. Try the breaker again and if it doesn’t trip test it out with an electrical appliance.
When handling electricity, you need to know what you’re doing; small mistakes can have significant consequences. If you don’t feel confident yourself, then call an electrician to install appliance circuits for you. It may mean saving you more than just money.