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Old 08-19-2015, 06:20 PM   #1
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Sewage pump on a GFCI?


Iave a Liberty sewage pump in my basement to service a powder room. it is plugged into a single 120 outlet in an inaccessible corner. I guess that makes it a dedicated outlet and doesn't need a GFCI.

I want to add alarm that will need an outlet. The only one around is the one the pump is plugged into. I doubt changing it to a double would be acceptable unless it was a GFCI. Any problems plugging a sewage pump into a GFCI? (I have a radon fan that trips a GFCI. Mfg says there is nothing wrong with it; they just can't be on GFCIs)

The alternative is to run an extension cord for the alarm. It is only 2a, so that should not be an issue.

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The manufacturer recommends against putting it on a GFCI as it is likely to trip.
He also recommends against an extension cord as it is likely to come unplugged. I have asked him if I am willing to accept the risk of it coming unplugged if there is any other reason not to do it.

The single plug is from 2005 when it was legal. Presumably it is grandfathered in.

How would the pump be plugged in today; if it can't run on a GFCI and there are no exceptions to the GFCI exception?
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We lived for years and years without GFCI's everywhere. Go ahead and plug you alarm into a non GFCI circuit and rest easy
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