Does Your Washing Machine Require GFCI Protection
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Should a GFCI Outlet be Installed in a Laundry Room: Wiring an Electric Outlet Circuit for a Washing Machine, Wiring a Laundry Room, Washing Machine Outlet, Outlets Close to a Sink.
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GFCI Receptacle Outlets
- According to the NEC, a GFCI is required if the power outlet is within 1.8 meter radius from the water source.
- Am I right in saying that the water source refers to a shower head and faucets in sinks.
This electrical question came from: Randy from Dallas, Texas.
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Should a GFCI Outlet be Installed in a Laundry Room
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing an additional GFCI Outlet Circuit or Laundry Room Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Wiring an Electric Outlet Circuit for a Washing Machine
- Washing Machine Outlet
The washing machine outlet itself does not require a GFCI outlet, however any outlet within 6 feet of the outside edge of the sink in laundry rooms require that it be GFCI protected.
- Outlets Close to a Sink
This would include the receptacle for the washing machine outlet if it is within 6 feet of the outside edge of the sink, and I would feel that this would apply if there was any type of water source such as a shower head and faucet in sinks.
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