Do’s & Don’ts of Kitchen Electrical Remodeling
June 01, 2021
A kitchen remodel can be an exciting way to make your home feel new again. From new flooring and appliances to redesigned islands and countertop spaces, electrical remodeling may be the last thing on your mind.
However, you must not put your electrical upgrades on the backburner. Following electrical code, installing GFCI outlets, keeping your circuit load under control, and putting in an appropriate number of receptacles is important in keeping your family safe and your kitchen functional.
Here are a few electrical tips to keep in mind for your kitchen remodel.
Do: Follow Electrical Code
Following the electrical code is not just important because Florida law requires it, but it is important because it keeps your home safe by reducing the risk of an electrical fire.
Furthermore, electrical code can be complicated. You could take the time to read the Florida Building Code and National Electrical Code on your own to ensure compliance or you could save yourself time and frustration by hiring a professional electrical contractor. They have been trained to best understand the coding requirements.
Don’t: Overload Your Circuit
Kitchen appliances can use a lot of electricity, so it is crucial to prevent electrical overloads when you remodel. Start by writing down a list of all the electrical appliances you plan to have there. Then, ask your electrical contractor the following questions:
- What is the amperage in your kitchen?
- Which circuit would be best to put each appliance on?
- Are there any concerns they have about the number of appliances you will be powering?
Do: Install GFCI Outlets
Adding in a new sink with your remodel? Your kitchen should have GFCI outlets anywhere moisture is present.
GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or more simply put, the outlet will cut off the power supply if it senses a difference in current and prevents you from being shocked. If you are not sure if your outlets are GFCI, your electrical contractor will be able to identify them and help you install new GFCI outlets where needed.
Don’t: Skimp on Rewiring
Even doing minor remodels to your kitchen can require you to consider electrical upgrades. If your home is relatively old, there is a probability that the wires installed decades ago are not properly grounded.
Don’t try to save money by not replacing outdated wires in your kitchen. There are modern rewiring options that will not only improve your safety but will also protect your appliances from being burned out from short circuits.
Ready to Remodel Your Kitchen?
At Empowered Global, we have certified and insured electricians that can ensure the safe, smooth, and professional electrical remodel of your kitchen. They have been trained to follow electrical code and can best advise you on how to distribute your appliances.
Get started with us today! Call us at (239) 330-4520 or contact us through our website and we will be in touch to schedule a consultation with you.