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Old 01-15-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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So I was following the wiring for the outlet my washing machine is plugged into, so I could see what breaker it's on (the outlet needs to be upgraded), and I discovered that the wiring runs back from the outlet to a light switch, then on to the breaker panel where it has its own breaker. Should a washing machine be on a dedicated circuit like that? And why would someone put a light switch in the middle when they could simply turn off the breaker, when it's only 4 feet away?

And while I'm thinking of it... when I do get around to replacing that outlet, am I correct in assuming it has to be GFCI?

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An older system (pre 1968ish) will/may not have a dedicated circuit for the washer.

Now you are required to have a dedicated 20 amp circuit for the laundry.

It does NOT require GFCI protection.

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It does NOT require GFCI protection.
Even though it's in the corner of an unfinished basement?
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In unfinished basements useally they are required and after the 08 code go in effect in your area you have to run GFCI for everything in basement there will be no more loophole at all.

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So I was following the wiring for the outlet my washing machine is plugged into, so I could see what breaker it's on (the outlet needs to be upgraded), and I discovered that the wiring runs back from the outlet to a light switch, then on to the breaker panel where it has its own breaker. Should a washing machine be on a dedicated circuit like that? And why would someone put a light switch in the middle when they could simply turn off the breaker, when it's only 4 feet away?

And while I'm thinking of it... when I do get around to replacing that outlet, am I correct in assuming it has to be GFCI?
Who knows why someone would put a switch on it, but you can just remove the switch if you like. Just wire nut the blacks together and the whites together (they may be already, as well as the grounds) and put a blank cover on the box.
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