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Information and Tips

15 amp circuits are rated for a maximum of 1800 watts. Most irons available in today's market range from 1000 to 1400 watts, or more. Whenever you are using over 50% of any circuit, dimming of lights may occur - this is common. As a rule, the maximum continuous wattage is at 80% of the circuit's rating.

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Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, Troubleshooting

Used mainly in kitchen, nook, dining, and bathrooms, 20 amp circuits are rated for a maximum of 2400 watts. Most vacuum cleaners use 12 to 18 amps, or 1440 to 2160 watts, depending on the style of the vacuum cleaner. This will cause lights to dim. When using the power head attachment, any binding up will trip most breakers. If you did not purchase a dedicated circuit for your vacuum cleaner, we recommend you use the bathroom, dining room, nook, or kitchen outlets.

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Appliances and Devices, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, Interior Electrical

When using these types of outlets, we recommend the following two-step procedure: Line up the cord cap and then with one quick motion push all the way in. These types of outlets are initially very tight and require equal pressure when plugging something into it.

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Industry Updates, Interior Electrical, Outlets and Switches, Safety

Outlet and lighting circuits in bedrooms and surrounding rooms may be controlled by an arc fault circuit breaker. Arc fault breakers should be checked for proper function by following these steps:

  • Push the test button on the breaker
  • Reset it by flipping the circuit breaker to the full off position and then back on.

Arc fault circuit breakers are designed to trip when an arc is sensed, eliminating potentially unsafe conditions.

Unfortunately, occassionally, normal arcs from motor loads, such as vacuum cleaners, or the plugging or unplugging of appliances, may cause the arc fault circuit breaker to trip. If this happens you may want to locate outlets not controlled by arc fault circuit breakers for these appliances.

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Appliances and Devices, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, Interior Electrical, Outlets and Switches, Troubleshooting

When testing an arc fault circuit breaker, unplug anything that is on the circuit. Press and hold the test button. If it trips within two seconds there may be a problem with the circuit. Contact New Electric for service. If the circuit breaker holds for five seconds or longer, the circuit is clear. Remember we warranty the circuit only. We do not cover items plugged into the circuit. Before you contact us for service please unplug all items and test again to verify that the problem is with the circuit.

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Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, How-To / Instructions, Interior Electrical, Outlets and Switches, Troubleshooting

When replacing light bulbs, turn off the switch first, and be sure to replace with a bulb rated within the fixture's acceptable wattage rating. Make certain the bulbs are screwed in completely and securely. If replacing a bulb that appears to not work, try the bulb in place of a working bulb to make sure it is good. New bulbs can be bad due to manufacturing distribution and the shelf life of a bulb.

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How-To / Instructions, Interior Electrical, Lighting, Troubleshooting

Although they claim to have a longer life span, they can and will burn out -- some sooner than others. If this happens, always try to replace with the same model or name brand. All CFL's put out a different light.  CFL bulbs are not dimmable.

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Industry Updates, Interior Electrical, Lighting

A standard coffee maker will not cause any problems. However some of the newer single cup coffee makers (Keurig) draw 1850 watts (15.5 amps). This can easily create a problem in the kitchen if using more than one appliance. All kitchens have two separate 20 amp circuits. See below for recommendations:

  • Solution 1: Try to plug a high current drawing coffee pot into one of the two circuits that is not using any other appliances.
  • Solution 2: Purchase a 20 AMP dedicated circuit for an appliance carport to power all your high end appliances.
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Appliances and Devices, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Interior Electrical, Product Updates, Troubleshooting

Newer computers are now drawing up to 1000 watts (8.5 amps). A copier or printer with scanner can draw 1200 watts (10 amps). Even a small laser printer may draw 650 watts (5.5 amps). Any combination of the above can cause a breaker to trip. See below for recommendations:

  • Solution 1: Limit how many items you are using at any time.
  • Solution 2: If you are planning on having a home office, consider purchasing at least one 20 amp circuit.
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Appliances and Devices, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Interior Electrical, Product Updates, Troubleshooting

Dimming lights may be noted when an appliance or large load is utilized on a lighting circuit. Common loads of this nature are vacuum cleaners, irons, blow dryers, copy machines, and printers. This dimming may be noticed until the load has been turned off.

When an air conditioning unit turns on you may also experience a momentary dimming of lights until the unit has fully started.

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Air Conditioning, Appliances and Devices, Electrical System Components, Lighting, Troubleshooting

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