National Electrical Installation Standards

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Question:

Have a question regarding dryer vent near an electric service meter. It is located about 18" below and to the left of the meter. I know there are code requirement for dryer vent near gas meter but what about near electric meter? I am located in upstate New York

Thanks.

Anthony Schambach

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Answer:

Hey Anthony thanks for your question. The NEC does not have specific requirements for dimensions between clothes dryer vents and meters or other electrical equipment. It makes sense to locate the vent so that the discharged air (including lint and moisture) is not directed into other equipment and your example seems to be reasonably located. Your utility might have specific requirements for meters and their proximity to dryer vents and other equipment. Always read and follow the instructions included with the appliance as stated in 110.3(B).

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