Blowing Fuses, What To Do?

This winter whenever I put the Christmas lights on and my wife uses the microwave it blows the . I was going to put a bigger in, but I thought I should ask first.

STOP… When a fuse or breaker pops it is for a very good reason, it is called safety. When homes were built years ago, they did not have electrical gadgets like microwaves, dishwashers, trash compacters and hair dryers and computers, just to name a few. Wiring a house was a simple matter, one circuit to the kitchen was enough, and the outside outlets were added onto wherever was the most convenient. Electrical usage  today has escalated to a point where new building codes had to be written to protect the public. These building codes today dictate the need for a dedicated circuit for the refrigerator, one for the microwave, one for the dishwasher, and one for the counter outlets. The bathroom also has a dedicated circut with those GFCI or GFL receptacles. These are basically a breaker inside the receptacle, for a quicker trip in the event of a short.

The best solution for you would be to have a qualified electricial contractor install a new dedicated receptacle for your microwave, and another one for the exterior. I would also recommend that you have him check the load on the other circuits throughout the house to make sure you are in the safe range, so when you add the revolving Santa and his sleigh next winter you will not be right back where you started from.

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