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Friday, June 29, 2018

Question:

Need to know household appliances washing machine need a GFCI outlet or dedicated outlet only.

Erano Pantaleon

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Answer:

Hey Erano thanks for your question. GFCI protection is required for 15 and 20 ampere, 125 volt receptacles in dwelling unit laundry areas as stated in 210.8(A)(10). A 20 ampere 120-volt branch circuit must be provided to supply those laundry receptacle outlet(s) as stated in 210.11(C)(2). The last sentence states that there cannot be any "other" outlets on the laundry circuit. It is not limited to a single receptacle (dedicated to a clothes washing machine) or even a single outlet but there cannot be any other outlets - such as outside of the laundry area. See the definition of outlet and receptacle in Article 100 for more information.

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