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Old 02-20-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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My sister recently bought a new house and the inspector suggested putting the sump pump on its own circuit and not be on a GFI to make sure that it wont trip. My question is should the sump pump be on a 20 amp circuit or a 15 amp circuit? And if it should be a 20 amp circuit with 12-2 can I still use a 15 amp duplex outlet.
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Should be on its own circuit. 15 A circuit is more than enough. And if you do run 12/2 and put in a 15 A receptacle, just make sure the breaker is also a 15 A.
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My first thoughts were to installed a 15 amp breaker with 14-2 and a 15 amp outlet. Is this enough or not?
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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Yes, that's sufficient to handle the sump pump.
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Just to stir the pot, it is my recollection that current code requires GFCI for sump pumps. Makes sense in one way and not in another. Might want to check which code cycle your home is covered by.
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And if you do run 12/2 and put in a 15 A receptacle, just make sure the breaker is also a 15 A.
Not true it can be on a 20 breaker it it's a duplex outlet.
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Just to stir the pot, it is my recollection that current code requires GFCI for sump pumps. Makes sense in one way and not in another. Might want to check which code cycle your home is covered by.
I don't think so
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Just to stir the pot, it is my recollection that current code requires GFCI for sump pumps. Makes sense in one way and not in another. Might want to check which code cycle your home is covered by.
In Canada, a sump pump receptacle is not required to be GFI protected.
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Not true it can be on a 20 breaker it it's a duplex outlet.
Yep that's correct.
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Should be on its own circuit. 15 A circuit is more than enough. And if you do run 12/2 and put in a 15 A receptacle, just make sure the breaker is also a 15 A.
You can use a 15a recept on a 20a circuit
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2008 NEC removed the exemption so sump pumps are to be GFCI protected.
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You can use a 15a recept on a 20a circuit
...yeah, sorry ppl, I totally read that wrong. Yes, you can use a 15A receptacle on a 20 A circuit...my bad. And again, the CEC does not require a permanently installed sump pump to be GFCI protected.
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...yeah, sorry ppl, I totally read that wrong. Yes, you can use a 15A receptacle on a 20 A circuit...my bad. And again, the CEC does not require a permanently installed sump pump to be GFCI protected.
If it was hard wired - no cord - neither would the US.

It is the 120v receptacle, not the pump that requires GFCI.
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2008 NEC removed the exemption so sump pumps are to be GFCI protected.
Just be aware that some of the states which they did adopted the 2008 and later NEC codes they still modifed the codes and I know in State of Wisconsin still have extempt for sump pump only if singleplex power point ( receptale ) if duplex then no it have to be GFCI'ed.

Ditto with the furance ( for gaz ou oil fired units )

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.... Yes, you can use a 15A receptacle on a 20 A circuit. ...
Okay with a mininum of two single receptacles or one duplex on the circuit altogether.
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