Appliance Installation and Wiring - Blue Collar Electric

Appliance Installation and Wiring

Washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, and other major appliances use more electricity and appliances rated at 1,000 watts or higher should have a dedicated circuit. Hence, major appliances require dedicated circuits with breakers that are isolated. This ensures that high-power appliances have enough amperage to operate correctly and safely without causing the circuit breaker to trip. Blown breakers are a nuisance and a potential safety hazard.

Many appliances require ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) or arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) circuit breakers. GFCIs protect against shock, while AFCIs protect from electrical faults that create sparks and fires. Many kitchen circuits require both AFCI and GFCI protection. In these instances, an electrician may install GFCI/AFCI combination circuit breakers, or they may use AFCI circuit breakers in combination with GFCI outlet receptacles.

Blue Collar Electric can help with appliance installation. We provide comprehensive installation services for all major appliances and ensure that your projects meet all local and Canadian electrical code requirements. 

Per electrical code, dedicated circuits are strongly recommended for the following major appliances and other large equipment:
  • Countertop convection oven– See Note below
  • Countertop deep fryer or air fryer – See Note below
  • Dishwasher –15-amp 120v circuit, GFCI and AFCI may be required
  • Electric dryer – 20-30-amp 120/240vv circuit with GFCI
  • Electric oven, stove, or range – 30–60-amp circuit
  • Freezer – 20-amp 120v circuit required. GFCI protection may be required
  • Garbage disposal – 15-20-amp 120v circuit, GFCI and AFCI requirements vary
  • Microwave – 20-amp 120v circuit, AFCI is usually required
  • Refrigerator – 20-amp 120v circuit, GFCI may be required
  • Sump Pump – 20-amp 120v circuit with GFCI outlet protection
  • Toaster oven – See Note below
  • Washer – 15-20-amp 120v circuit with GFCI
  • Water Heaters – 20-30-Amp, 240v


Small countertop appliances such as coffee makers, griddles, blenders, toaster ovens, etc., require a minimum of two dedicated 20 amp 120v circuits. Countertop appliances should have both GFCI and AFCI protection.

Devices or appliances marked as “critical use” must have a dedicated electrical circuit to prevent another device from tripping the breaker and terminating power to an important appliance. This includes your water heater, furnace, refrigerator, or sump pump. If you lose power to these appliances, you may encounter significant problems.

Older Homes that have not been renovated may have undersized electrical service for their needs. These older wiring systems are “grandfathered in” when a kitchen undergoes cosmetic remodelling. However, significant remodelling projects requiring building permits require your kitchen electrical system to be current with the Canadian electrical code.

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