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Old 12-20-2010, 12:27 PM   #31
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Man, I'm really enjoying his thread. Po) Mucho bueno info...
Red: So many variables are involved too, such as whether the cabinet outlet will be within "X" amount of distance from a water source, right guys? Being as this is a kitchen (right? kitchen?) it should be 20 amps, not 15, right?
MY newly wired kitchen required 20 amp, 2 separate circuits minimum and GFCIs on each side of the sink to pass inspection. This made MY fridge both on a GFCI protected circuit as well as being 20 amps. No problems.... yet..... 5 yr. old fridge..... we'll see, I guess.

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Red stated that the refrigerator receptacle was 120v/15a, which doesn't speak to the rating of the circuit itself. It could be a 20A circuit with a 15A duplex receptacle, which is permissible for residential wiring, as long as there is more than one receptacle on the branch; a duplex receptacle technically counts as two receptacles.

My kitchen has two 20a circuits with GFCI protection for small appliances, and a dedicated 20a circuit just for the fridge. The dedicated fridge circuit is not a requirement, but I do find it handy.

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Old 12-20-2010, 04:11 PM   #32
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Curious as to the wiring protocol for a refrigerator with water and ice supply behind it. The outlet will be within the GFI code requirement for water.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:23 PM   #33
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Good question, Ron....

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Curious as to the wiring protocol for a refrigerator with water and ice supply behind it. The outlet will be within the GFI code requirement for water.
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The only code related to water and gfci receptacle are for laundry room sinks and washer.
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:17 PM   #35
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Just finished wiring my cabin. electric inspector told me to put fridge on its own 20 amp non gfi circuit. I have no idea if it is required by code I just said yes sir. My experience with gfi's is that a 20 amp gfi trips more often and with less of a load than a without one. Have no idea why but my compressor will trip a 20 amp gfi all day long but will not trip on a regular 20 amp circuit.
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My new fridge (2 yrs old) also just requires a grounded outlet
It does suggest, but not require a dedicated circuit
It does not warn against or require a GFCI...no mention
Since I have room it is on its own 15a circuit - non-GFCI
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The only code related to water and gfci receptacle are for laundry room sinks and washer.
So there are no codes for kitchen sinks.
Bathroom sinks?
I do not think so.
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So there are no codes for kitchen sinks.
Bathroom sinks?
I do not think so.
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The code does not say anything about sinks except in the laundry room.
All countertop receptacles in a kitchen require gfci protection.

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