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Archive for February 2015

What to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

February 27, 2015

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Your kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home, and it's not just for cooking. It’s the nucleus of your home. You heat, you cool, you clean, you store, and you prepare.

Many homeowners choose to remodel their kitchens for the increased value to their homes, but also for the efficiency, and of course the aesthetics. If you’re remodeling a kitchen, one main concern will be installation of appropriate lighting and appliances. One of the things that you should consider is the rewiring of your kitchen, so be sure to take account of these electrical circuits:

Lighting Circuits

First off, you need the proper circuit to control lighting. One 15-amp circuit can handle all the hard-wired lighting for your kitchen. This includes recessed lighting, hanging fixtures, or under-cabinet lights. These small appliances draw little power, especially given today’s lighting technology, so you can install multiple lights on the single circuit.

Small Appliance Circuits

Kitchens are tantamount with small appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, can openers, blenders, food processors, crock pots, and the list goes on. These appliances don’t draw much power on their own, and seldom would you have them all plugged in and running at the same time. To have the capacity for these kitchen must haves, you’ll need two 20-amp branch circuits allowing each circuit to handle multiple outlets. The outlets need to be installed evenly and in easy to reach areas, so there’s no difficulty plugging in appliances.

Large Appliance Circuits

The large appliance circuits are dedicated to one piece of equipment that require higher voltages, and normally include:

  • The electric oven requires a 50-amp, 250-volt circuit
  • The dishwasher requires a 15-amp, 125-volt circuit
  • The refrigerator requires a dedicated 20-amp, 125-volt circuit
  • The microwave requires a 20-amp, 125-volt circuit
  • The garbage disposal requires a 15-amp, 20-volt circuit


The precise number of dedicated circuits will vary. For example, if you’re installing several electric ovens, you’ll need one for each oven.

When you're ready to remodel your kitchen, make sure to hire a licensed electrician. The last thing you want to happen, is to complete your kitchen and find out that you’re not able to use all of your lighting and appliances. These circuits, for lighting, small appliances, and larger appliances, will keep your kitchen running efficiently, and safely. For questions about kitchen wiring, or a free estimate, please call J. P. McCurdy Electrical Services at 781-595-7074.