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    Thumbs down GFCI on refrigerator outlet

    I have always used a dedicated line for refrigerator outlets (that way something else does not cause the refrigerator to be turned off) the way I read the new code I have to GFCI my refrigerator outlet so if I have it by its self it would be very difficult to test monthly or reset. I really to not like putting the refrigerator with counter outlets but now it looks like I have no other choice. Does anyone have other options ?

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    use a gfi breaker...
    "Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking."

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    Where are you finding this requirement?
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    All responses based on the 2011 NEC unless otherwise noted

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity
    Where are you finding this requirement?
    I was going to ask, but didn't... :grin: I really should buy a 2008...
    "Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking."

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity
    Where are you finding this requirement?
    Makeupcodesville?

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    It is still not a bad idea to run a separate circuit. You dont have to put it on the sabc just put a gfci receptacle in it is cheaper or you could mount a dead front gfci and gang it with the switches or put it where it is convenient to reset and feed out to the fridge.
    The tail does NOT wag the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcon192
    I have always used a dedicated line for refrigerator outlets (that way something else does not cause the refrigerator to be turned off) the way I read the new code I have to GFCI my refrigerator outlet so if I have it by its self it would be very difficult to test monthly or reset. I really to not like putting the refrigerator with counter outlets but now it looks like I have no other choice. Does anyone have other options ?
    The only changes in the 2008 NEC (that I could find) for refridgerators are:

    210.8(B)(2) Other Than Dwelling Units

    They have changed or added, indicated by the grey highlite, the word 'kitchen'. This also applies to outisde receptacles. 210.8(B)(4)

    And like stickboy1375 suggests, put it on a GFCI breaker. If required.

    I myself prefer to put it on a seperate circuit.

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    No GFI needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keesha
    No GFI needed.
    Don't be so sure.

    What if it's next to a laundry sink?

    What if it's in a commercial kitchen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emahler
    Makeupcodesville?
    I hear it's always sunny there.... Thinking of re-locating....
    Electric heretic
    It's always gonna be in the last place you look....

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