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Old 12-14-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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I have an older home the none of my outlets have a ground. How would I go about running ne outlets with out a complete remodel?
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Install GFCI. Label them Non grounded.
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You can use GFCI receptacles with "un-grounded" labels, but that's not a perfect solution. Surge suppressors for electronics require a ground to provide protection, and some high-current 120V appliances are not suited for the sensitivity of GFCI outlets (refrigerators/freezers, for example). I would consider the GFCI option as a stopgap until the house wiring can be upgraded, but not as a permanent solution.
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Freezers and refrigerators should have no problem running on GFI protected circuits.

The code does however require that certain appliances like refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, dishwashers ... be used with grounded circuits. The complete list is in Article 250.114.
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Freezers and refrigerators should have no problem running on GFI protected circuits.

The code does however require that certain appliances like refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, dishwashers ... be used with grounded circuits. The complete list is in Article 250.114.
The requirements for grounded appliances aside, I dislike putting food-storage appliances on GFCIs due to the potentials for nuisance trips. Nothing like coming home from a week's vacation to a box of spoiled food because of a nuisance trip.
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The requirements for grounded appliances aside, I dislike putting food-storage appliances on GFCIs due to the potentials for nuisance trips. Nothing like coming home from a week's vacation to a box of spoiled food because of a nuisance trip.
I would rather come home to the very unlikely chance of spoiled food than to find someone dead from a ground fault.

On a side note, refrigerators in commercial kitchens are required to be GFI protected.
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