Kitchen Outlets and Circuit Wiring
Guide to Wiring Kitchen Electrical Circuits:Electrical Circuit Requirements for Kitchen Outlets, 120 Volt Small Appliance Circuits, 120 Volt Outlet Circuits, 240 Volt Dedicated Circuits.
Guide to Wiring Kitchen Electrical Circuits
Electrical Question: Everything I read about kitchen outlets on the internet and in the NFPA says that the outlets serving the counter tops in a kitchen in my case this all of the outlets in the kitchen except the dedicated circuit for the refrigerator must be supplied by at least 2 circuits.
However, the electrician and inspector says that the entire kitchen must be supplied by 2 circuits and there are no separate requirements for the outlets.
Am I totally off base?
This electrical wiring question came from: Sue, a Homeowner from Rockville, MD.
Additional Comments: very helpful
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Sue.
How to Wire Kitchen Outlet Circuits
Electrical Circuit Requirements for Kitchen Outlets
Sue, this may be a matter of interpretation, however the NEC electrical code requires the following:
- 120 Volt Small Appliance Circuits
- Two small appliance 120 volt circuits for the counter top outlets, which are typically GFCI Protected.
Electrical Circuits for the Kitchen area are also required for large appliances such as:
- 120 Volt Outlet Circuits
- The Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher.
- The Refrigerator.
- Microwave oven.
- 240 Volt Dedicated Circuits
- Electric Range.
- Electric Oven.
- Stove or Cook Top.
All of these items having their own specific circuit requirements in addition to the counter top outlets.
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