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Old 11-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Just wondering code for a bathroom fan. I removed a wall and am moving the switches. Does the fan need to be gfci? And If so can I splice the gfci off of the outlet. The fan is 2 foot out from the tub with 8 foot ceilings. I am not seeing any code that says it has to be but I have been told that it does. Please help.
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Just wondering code for a bathroom fan. I removed a wall and am moving the switches. Does the fan need to be gfci? And If so can I splice the gfci off of the outlet. The fan is 2 foot out from the tub with 8 foot ceilings. I am not seeing any code that says it has to be but I have been told that it does. Please help.

The fan switch doesnt need be GFCI.. only the receptacle itself. Just place the fan, and bathroom light switch in a double nail-in plastic nm box that will take care of both switches in a separate box from the GFCI Receptacle. Here where im at.. its allowed by code. Passing inspection without a problem.

NOW::: Depending on how the current wiring format was before you disable them.. depending on how you will wire the two switch in place(as two separate switches still in the same dbl box).

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If you are in the US, there is only one way you can put the fan on the bathroom GFI circuit. The bathroom must be fed with a dedicated 20A circuit. It can have no other rooms on it. If the current GFI is existing and also powers other bathroom outlets in the home, you cannot use it to feed the fan/lights. You also cannot use it if it is not a 20A circuit.
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The NEC does not require the fan to be GFCI protected unless the manufacture requires it.
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You also cannot use it if it is not a 20A circuit.
This part could be construed as you saying that the fan has to be on a 20 amp circuit, instead of you meaning that the bath circuit needs to be 20 amp.
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I see what you are saying...

Bathroom receptacles need to be on a 20A circuit. The legal ways to do this are a little confusing, but I will try to explain.

1) Run a separate 20A dedicated circuit to this bath only. The lights and fan (in this bathroom only) can be on this circuit.

2) Run one 20A circuit for the GFI's in multiple bathrooms. No lights/fan can be on the circuit in this case.
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