GFCI in laundry


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Old 08-08-19, 07:40 AM
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GFCI in laundry

what is the latest NEC on laundry GFCI protection. No sink and is in finished space. TIA.
 
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" Where receptacles are placed within 6 feet of the outside edge of the sink, they require GFCI protection. "

Keep in mind, the washing machines tend not to work well with them due to the motors.

Here (Ontario Canada) I tend to use GFCI protected circuit within 1M (~1 yard) of a water source, excluding motor driven items (washing machine, etc).
 
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NEC now requires GFCI protection on 125v receptacles for "Laundry areas."
 
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NEC now requires GFCI protection on 125v receptacles for "Laundry areas."
Does this include white appliances?

Might also want the definition of "Laundry area".
I suspect its something like 1 meter from edge of water source.

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Asking as I look at my own laundry room which is ~20ft long by ~12ft.

I'm a bit rusty with my Ontario Electrical code for residential as I gave up on my apprenticeship in 2016 and moved over to Alarms and low voltage automation,
 
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Nothing in the definition section of NEC but later describes as "areas designated for the installation of laundry equipment." Nothing to do with water or sinks? Something else for the inspector/Authority Having Jurisdiction. Canadian codes may be just as murky.
 
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Nothing in the definition section of NEC but later describes as "areas designated for the installation of laundry equipment." Nothing to do with water or sinks? Something else for the inspector/Authority Having Jurisdiction. Canadian codes may be just as murky.
The Canadian Electrical tends to be NEC with some modification/adjustments.
The Ontario Electrical is the Canadian Code modified/adjusted slightly. They all need to have their hand in there.

When I finished my schooling for electrical in 2015, there was pretty solid definitions as to how far (min/max) when it came to GFCI, AFCI, etc.

For Laundry, I'd say put a GFCI at the start of the regular receptacle circuit in the Laundry room. Highly doubtful one will be required for the washer and dryer (aka white appliance).
Now that all being said, AFCI might through a curve ball on the standard receptacles. I was into low voltage home automation when this blew up so I'm not confident enough to discuss this aspect. AFCI was only required in Bedrooms when I was current
 
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Keep in mind, the washing machines tend not to work well with them due to the motors.
The UL standards limit the leakage current well below the trip levels for a gfi. There should be no issues. I wish this myth would die.
 
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GFCI has been required for 125V receptacles in "Laundry Areas" since the 2014 NEC, regardless of distance to a water source or whether the room is finished. Prior to 2014, the requirement was within 6' of a laundry sink or if the area was unfinished, with a few conditional exceptions that could remove the GFCI requirement.
 
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What about the dryer receptacle?
 
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The gfi protection is only required for 120 volt receptacles.
 
 

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