Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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It also dpends upon the age of the home, and what upgrades were made and when.
On newer construction, I look for this. If I see a defficiency, I flag it. But on many older homes, there simply werent enough breakers to go around. So, ot depends on what else is going on in the home. I may suggest they upgrade their service to allow dedicated circuits, or distribute the load more effectively. But, on many occasions, the home has had this equipment installed for the last 15 or 20 years with no trouble, and I am hard-pressed to call it out as more than a recommended upgrade.
Disposals are a real concern to me. Not so much from a current draw, but from an operational safety issue. So, I also look at whether the disposal is equipped with a safety lockout. To me, most folks are more interested in that fact than whether they may pop a circuit if the microwave and disposal are on at the same time. If it isnt, I tell them that I hate the set-up, and always recommend replacement of the unit, especially if they have kids in the house. That's when I may also suggest the dedicated circuit...
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