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Friday, April 3, 2020

Question:

My question is about ceiling fans installed in a residence. Are certain types of boxes required. There is a handyman installing fans in the neighborhood and the question came up about the type of box being used to install them. My electrician friend said that the installation should be permitted and inspected and yes the boxes need to be rated for this use. Can you provide a response please. Thanks for your help.

Manny Smith

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Answer:

Hi Manny, thanks for participating. Your electrician friend had the best response about this situation. It would be a good idea to verify with the local building department and AHJ if a permit and inspection is required for this wiring installation. The NEC does require that boxes used to support ceiling-suspended paddle fans be listed and identified for fan support and installed in accordance with Section 314.27(C). See Section 422.18 for complete requirements.

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