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Old 09-01-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hi. I'm new to posting so I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and I have a question regarding running power to a new ventilation fan. I've run a new 20amp circuit to the gfci receptacles next to the vanity and would like to use it for powering the fan. Since the fan will be close to the tub, I don't know if it also needs to be gfi protected. I've read In other forums and posts that in some cases the fan can trip the gfI outlet. The lights for the vanIty are on another circuit that serves other rooms, so I don't want to add the fan to that one.

1. Can I add the fan to the gfci receptacle circuit?

2. Should the fan be on the load side for gfI protection or should I add it to the line side?

Thanks for your help.

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Hi. I'm new to posting so I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and I have a question regarding running power to a new ventilation fan. I've run a new 20amp circuit to the gfci receptacles next to the vanity and would like to use it for powering the fan. Since the fan will be close to the tub, I don't know if it also needs to be gfi protected. I've read In other forums and posts that in some cases the fan can trip the gfI outlet. The lights for the vanIty are on another circuit that serves other rooms, so I don't want to add the fan to that one.

1. Can I add the fan to the gfci receptacle circuit?
If the existing GFCI circuit is ONLY feeding that one bathroom, then yes.
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2. Should the fan be on the load side for gfI protection or should I add it to the line side?
Only if the manufacture request such nonsense to be GFCI protected.

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The fan can only be on the receptacle circuit only if the circuit serves one bathroom.

Unless over the tub or shower, the fan does not need GFI protection unless the instructions call for it.
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