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March 05,2018

How to Get Electricity to a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands are extremely useful, as they can provide much needed counterspace. However, installing electrical outlets on your island can truly maximize its usefulness. With electrical power running to your kitchen island, you can reconfigure your appliances, such as your stove and oven, or use the island for small appliances like blenders and crockpots. It also offers additional space for family members to charge their electronics or use a laptop, which creates a much more versatile space for a modern household. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we offer premium residential and commercial electrical services including new outlet installation, repair and replacement. Are you considering adding an outlet to your kitchen island? Here are some tips on how to make it happen. 

Choose Your Outlet Style

The first step is to choose an outlet type that fits your unique needs and lifestyle. Options may include recessed outlets which will keep plugs nice and tidy, popup outlets that lay flush against the countertop until they are needed or USB outlets that provide an easy way to charge your most used devices. If you want to install a major appliance in the island, such as a cooktop, oven, warming drawer or microwave, then you may need a dedicated circuit installation as well.  

Prepare the Area for New Wiring

Next, the island will need to be removed temporarily, so that holes can be drilled through the flooring and island. This will allow the hidden wiring to be introduced to the island area with minimum exposure. After drilling the holes and securing the wires in the appropriate locations, the island can be carefully put back into place. 

Install a GFCI Circuit Breaker and Connect the Wiring

Finally, the GFCI circuit breaker will need to be installed on the electrical panel, and the connection between the island’s GFCI outlet and the junction box will need to be completed. This step should only be performed by someone with extensive professional training. Incorrect installation of the wiring could result in personal injury, electrical fires and other hazards. A certified electrician will have the specialized tools and hands on experience needed to properly install your outlets without worrying about code violations or safety risks. 

Do You Need an Electrical Outlet Installation in Your Kitchen Island? Call Mr. Electric Today

Are you ready to invest in an outlet installation for your kitchen island or another area of your home? Do you want an additional cooktop or warming drawer built into your island, but you need an electrical update first? Call the experts at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Whether you need an outlet installation, indoor lighting system replacement, dedicated circuit installation, electrical inspection or wiring upgrade, our licensed and insured electricians are always ready to help you improve the safety, efficiency and convenience of your electrical system. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Burleson, Weatherford, Lake Worth, Aledo, Benbrook, White Settlement or another North Texas area neighborhood.