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Do I Need A Dedicated Line for a 1000 Watt Microwave?

Old 09-24-07, 03:58 PM
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Do I Need A Dedicated Line for a 1000 Watt Microwave?

Putting in a new kitchen and am putting in an above the range microwave.

Seems like even the countertop microwaves need a lot of juice too.

Do I have to pay my contractor the big bucks to put in a dedicated line for it?
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That's only about 8 amps, about half of the safely usable current on a 20 amp line. It certainly doesn't NEED a dedicated line, but be careful with what else you have hooked up with it.
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yeah, dont run it off a stove or anything.
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In the kitchen you should really plan on having the following circuits.

1-- 20Amp for outlets
1-- 15 amp for lights
1 -- 15AMP for fridge
1 -- 15 Amp for Dishwasher --- could be on the same as outlets.
1 -- 15 Amp for microwave

Did I miss anything? DO you have a garbage disposal? Trash compactor? anything else?

You could use the outlet circuit to power the electronics in your stove.

SOme people even have 2 - 20 AMP circuits in their kitchens. This way the 2 circuits alternate between the outlets. If you do this then use one of these for your microwave or Dishwasher.

Thats how I would do it..

How big is your kitchen?
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I don't think it needs its own line. Who is it going to call?
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Since that's on the low end for microwaves, I'd be surprised if it caused you any electrical grief.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I don't think it needs its own line. Who is it going to call?
The new ones can email/call/fax you instantly when the food is ready. The top-of-the-line models take pics of your food and email them to you as well.
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Definitely another dedicated line if you have an electric stove or range.
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Re: Do I Need A Dedicated Line for a 1000 Watt Microwave?

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In the kitchen you should really plan on having the following circuits.

1-- 20Amp for outlets
1-- 15 amp for lights
1 -- 15AMP for fridge
1 -- 15 Amp for Dishwasher --- could be on the same as outlets.
1 -- 15 Amp for microwave

Did I miss anything? DO you have a garbage disposal? Trash compactor? anything else?

You could use the outlet circuit to power the electronics in your stove.

SOme people even have 2 - 20 AMP circuits in their kitchens. This way the 2 circuits alternate between the outlets. If you do this then use one of these for your microwave or Dishwasher.

Thats how I would do it..

How big is your kitchen?
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