My house (built in 1953) has a number of electrical inconveniences, including the fact that the same circuit that powers the outlets in the living room also powers many other disjoint locations throughout the house, such as all the lights and outlets in the basement, outlets in the back porch, closet lights and the entire second floor (!)
The previous owners had installed a built-in wall A/C unit in the living room that used a dedicated 240V circuit (probably installed in the 80s). When we removed the wall A/C, I disconnected that circuit and used its breaker slots for a new dryer. I left the wires in the wall, and would love to install a new duplex grounded outlet in its place.
My dilemma is, though, what circuit should I use to power the new outlet?
- Using the same circuit as the other outlets in the living room would make the most logical sense, but it would further contribute to the potential overloading of that single circuit. Also I would have to find a way to splice into that circuit inside or near the breaker box, where the existing wires already terminate.
- Using another existing circuit would be less prone to overload issues but would be confusing when the breaker is tripped or off for maintenance. I would also still have to solve the splicing issue.
- Adding a new circuit just for this outlet is possible; I would have to buy a new tandem breaker since the box is full. It seems a little silly, though, to have a dedicated circuit just for a single outlet in the living room that may only have a floor lamp and a laptop charger plugged into it.