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Old 09-04-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Does a washing machine need a dedicated circuit?


Hi All,
Does a washing machine need to be on it's own dedicated circuit? Does it have minimum requirements such as 20A, GFCI etc?
If not, are there any restrictions, regulatory or practical, as to what it can share a circuit with?

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I believe the current code reads "Washer and dryer must be fed with it's own dedicated 20A ckt. No other outlets can be on that ckt." Or something like that.

Obviously, if you have an electric dryer, it will have a 240vac outlet.

I'm doing a 2-story addition now that includes a new laungry room....hence I have a dedicated outlet for the washer and gas dryer...and a second outlet on a different breaker for general use in that room.

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The "laundry" needs a 20A circuit. This can be for the washer, gas dryer, and any other receptacles IN the laundry area.
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The laundry room or alcove needs a 20 amp dedicated circuit run to a 15/20 amp receptacle, a duplex receptacle, or two single receptacles for use by a washing machine. Nothing requires that the washing machine actually be plugged into that circuit.
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Per the electrical section of my plans....

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PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE 20 AMP BRANCH CIRCUIT TO SUPPLY LAUNDRY
RECEPTACLE OUTLETS. SUCH CIRCUIT SHALL HAVE NO OTHER OUTLETS. (CEC
210.11(C)(2))



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There's your problem (CEC)

Local codes may vary from the NEC, it states receptacles in the laundry area may be ran on the same circuit with the clothes washer

Might check for local ammendments
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There's your problem (CEC)

Local codes may vary from the NEC, it states receptacles in the laundry area may be ran on the same circuit with the clothes washer

Might check for local ammendments
Probably means the California Electrical Code, not the Canadian Electrical Code.
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Probably means the California Electrical Code, not the Canadian Electrical Code.
Lets see....I live in S California......

Yep.....brric is right....California Electrical Code.....which is basically the NEC....
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There may be additional receptacles in the laundry area powered by the "laundry circuit" or by other circuits.
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PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE 20 AMP BRANCH CIRCUIT TO SUPPLY LAUNDRY
RECEPTACLE OUTLETS. SUCH CIRCUIT SHALL HAVE NO OTHER OUTLETS
Meaning no outlets in other rooms.
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The only requirement for gfci is if you have a sink, and the receptacle will be within 6 feet.
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There may be additional receptacles in the laundry area powered by the "laundry circuit" or by other circuits.

Meaning no outlets in other rooms.
I believe this is the intended meaning.
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The only requirement for gfci is if you have a sink, and the receptacle will be within 6 feet.
Or if your laundry is in a bathroom, very common these days. Just wanted to give another example.

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