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Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Re: CQD answers published January 3, & 12, 2018 -Single Receptacle Rating & Range Circuit 2

Charlie, one of the reasons that we need 210.21(B)(1) to state that a single receptacle shall not have a rating of less than that of the branch circuit is for electric ranges. The range receptacle is rated at 50 amps, but many ranges only require a 40 amp branch circuit. Without this rule, we would have to install 50 amp branch circuits for all electric ranges.

Don Ganiere



Hey Don thanks for your comment you have a good point. We received some other comments about sizing branch circuit conductors for a single range that was published on Tuesday January 2, 2018. A proposal (2-333 on page 355 of the ROP) to delete the first sentence of Note 4 in Table 220.55 (Table 220.19 then) for the 2005 NEC was rejected by Code making Panel 2. The submitter stated that this is the only place in the NEC where a demand factor can be applied to a branch circuit and it should be deleted. The panel's response was that the submitter had not provided substantiation to show the present method was inadequate.

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