We are moving into a condo soon. In our current home the microwave and
'fridge plug into standard 11 V. outlets. No problems here. The new place
has special or dedicated outlets for these two items.
In what way are these outlets different from standard outlets?
If they look the same, I suspect the only difference is that the
fridge is on a breaker by itself, and the microwave is the same.
(I assume that the "11 v outlet" above is a typo, and you meant
The outlets themselves are no different. It's how they are
connected that is different.
A dedicated outlet is one that has its own circuit. There is
no other outlet or device on that wire.
This is usually done with an appliance (like a microwave or a
heater) that draws so much current that if anything else turned on it
would overload the circuit and the breaker would trip. Or it could be
an appliance (like a refrigerator) that sometimes interfers with other
devices on the circuit. Or it could be an appliance (like a computer)
that is affected by even small rises and drops in the current.
Enjoy your new condo.
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