1.) NEC Section/Paragraph: 210.63
2.) Proposal Recommends: [revised text]
Add the following text to section 210.63:
210.63 Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration
Equipment Outlet. A 125-volt, single-phase, 15- or 20-ampere-rated receptacle outlet shall be installed at an accessible location for the servicing of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. The receptacle shall be located on the same level and within 7.5 m (25 ft) of the heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. The receptacle outlet shall not be connected to the load side of the equipment disconnecting means. Where an indoor receptacle is intended for the servicing of outdoor equipment, it shall have GFCI protection for personnel.
4.) Substantiation: Given the infrequent nature of servicing the equipment mentioned in this section, it should be permissible to utilize an indoor receptacle for such tasks, provided GFCI protection is provided.
This proposal is submitted to coordinate with a related proposal concerning 400.1, to clearly exclude factory-assembled extension cords for temporary tasks from the purview of the NEC.
[ August 21, 2005, 10:40 AM: Message edited by: georgestolz ]