Did you treat yourself to that Peloton bike or treadmill to beat the quarantine 15? If you did congratulations! You are one step closer to a healthier lifestyle or you have an expensive coat rack!
If you are planning to use it or have already started and are now experiencing intermittent electrical issues it is quite possible that one of two things are occurring. You ABSOLUTELY need a dedicated circuit for your new machine, so if your breaker is tripping or your lights dim, it’s time to call Farryn Electric for a potential electrical service upgrade. Furthermore, your AFCI/GFCI may be a nuisance tripping due to residual electricity coming from the treadmill or bike. Although this is not a safety hazard, it is a major inconvenience. Peloton and others are now updating their specification sheets on their website to note that AFCI and GFCI type receptacles and breakers may trip.
If you did not see it in the specs, during the time of purchase, we wanted to let you know that most residential treadmills run on a standard 120-volt, grounded, and dedicated circuit. Manufacturers recommend the use of a surge suppressor that meets specific standards. If your circuit does not meet the power requirements of the treadmill, you will have to hire a professional electrician.
What Is a Dedicated Circuit?
Your home is wired with separate circuits, called branch circuits, that makes power available around your home. Circuit breakers are designed to trip if a power overload occurs and too much electricity is drawn at once.
When a circuit supports a single appliance, it is known as a dedicated circuit and has its own breaker in your electrical box. The purpose of a dedicated circuit is to ensure high-power appliances have access to adequate amperage so they can operate safely without forcing a circuit breaker to trip.
Major Electrical Appliances
The National Electrical Code requires dedicated circuits for all major, electrical appliances. These should include:
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Electric stoves and wall ovens
- Washers and dryers
- Furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners
Small Electrical Appliances
If you use small appliances that are reliant on the same circuit all the time, it could be worthwhile to have a new dedicated circuit for one or more of those appliances installed, especially if the breaker trips regularly.
- Insta-pots / air fryers
- Electric space heaters
- Window air conditioners
- Exercise Equipment
- Submersible pumps
- Hairstyling tools
Whether you need help determining if you need a dedicated circuit, or if you need to upgrade any electrical outlets, we are here to help!
If you are ready to get running, in an electrically safe way, Farryn Electric, LLC is here to help! We offer a no-haggle warranty on our workmanship, for as long as you own your home and a 5-year warranty on any new part replacement – our workmanship is guaranteed! Even if the part’s manufacturer has a lesser warranty, we still cover the part for 5 years. We provide qualified and experienced electricians across Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Chester County to contact us please call our office at (484) 316-0449 or use the contact us form for your convenience.