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Old 07-19-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Greetings! I was looking into installing a built in mini-fridge in my kitchen pantry. Power requirements are 120V 15A. My question is, can I install an outlet for it fed from an adjacent bedroom 15A AFCI? I have no other way of running power without busting up walls. I'm especially unsure of a fridge motor fed through an AFCI. Thank you.
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If it is going into a Pantry, you will find that it will die a quick death, if there is no venting for the unit. You are best to go to a Restaurant equipment reseller in your area.

AFCI's are not required as of this time for refrigeration or Kitchen Equipment. Only GFCI protection.

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That pantry is going to get might warm. You might to rethink it unless you are only storing non food items. Saw a house for sale in our once with a cooled pantry.. 55 degrees all year. I was jealous!
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Good point about slow death. The AFCI is on the bedroom circuit that feeds an outlet I was going to tap into on a shared wall with the pantry. No power into the pantry at present. The more I'm thinking about this, the more I think it's a bad idea!
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Good point about slow death. The AFCI is on the bedroom circuit that feeds an outlet I was going to tap into on a shared wall with the pantry. No power into the pantry at present. The more I'm thinking about this, the more I think it's a bad idea!
You cannot tap off of the Bedroom circuit. The Pantry can come off of the Dining Room. But really needs to be on its own 20 amp circuit, that the Circuit Breaker needs to be a GFCI, due to by the NEC, the refer is not easily moved in your install.
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Thank you Greg for the info, I think this project is a no-go. I didn't even think about the heat in the enclosed space.
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If it is going into a Pantry, you will find that it will die a quick death, if there is no venting for the unit. You are best to go to a Restaurant equipment reseller in your area. AFCI's are not required as of this time for refrigeration or Kitchen Equipment. Only GFCI protection.
What code section?
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Greetings! I was looking into installing a built in mini-fridge in my kitchen pantry. Power requirements are 120V 15A. My question is, can I install an outlet for it fed from an adjacent bedroom 15A AFCI? I have no other way of running power without busting up walls. I'm especially unsure of a fridge motor fed through an AFCI. Thank you. -John
Is the pantry a cabinet or separate room? What is your locale?
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South Carolina, a separate room about 4' X 4'.
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South Carolina, a separate room about 4' X 4'.
Since it is a closet no gfi protection is required.
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Since it is a closet no gfi protection is required.
It is now under the new NEC rules, regardless if it is a Closet.
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What code section?
You know what section. It falls under the SABC for Kitchen/Dining/Pantry.
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South Carolina, a separate room about 4' X 4'.
What code cycle are you under?
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You know what section. It falls under the SABC for Kitchen/Dining/Pantry.
Cite the code so we can all learn what you know.

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