Code Question

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  1. jaxbldginspector

    jaxbldginspector New Member

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    Does a washing machine need a dedicated circuit?

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  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    Kind of a trick question.

    The laundry room needs one. The dryer can also be plugged into it.

    Can another outlet in the same room be on it????
     
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  4. jaxbldginspector

    jaxbldginspector New Member

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    I think I found the answer:

    NEC 220-4 (c) Laundry Branch Circuits-Dwelling Unit. In addition to the number of branch circuits determined in accordance with (a) and (b) above, at least one additional 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided to supply the laundry receptacle outlet(s) required by Section 210-52(f). This circuit shall have no other outlets.

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  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Are you still on the 1996 code cycle?
    What you have quoted is from that cycle!
     
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    washer

    And, as an aside, here, when there is an electric dryer, the washer outlet is a single device receptacle so nothing except the washer can be plugged into it.
     
  7. jbfan74

    jbfan74 Electrical Contractor

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    Do you have anything in writing to back up that statement?
     
  8. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    I agree. If that is an actual code there must be a written amendment to back it up.
    That certainly is not an NEC requirement.
     
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    outlet

    It is just the way the electicians do it, and they do the same with other outlets such as a freezer or garage wall air conditioner that should not be connected to a GFCI so that no one can plug an extension cord into the same outlet and not be GFCI protected while using it.
     
  10. Johnny C

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    Circuit for washing machine

    According to the NEC, it allows more than one receptacle outlet to be installed on the 20-ampere laundry branch-circuit. If you have a gas dryer, both the gas dryer and washing machine can be plugged into the same 20-ampere circuit, however, if the UL Labeling and Listing of the products specify that they must be on their own 20-ampere branch circuit, then 110-3(B) takes precedent.
     
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