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Old 08-03-04, 11:39 AM
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Does the NEC require that a kitchen microwave circuit be protected by a GFCI? I know that the kitchen must have two small appliance circuits and they are normally GFI protected but I am not sure about the microwave
 
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Old 08-03-04, 11:54 AM
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From what I remember of the 2002 NEC only if it's within 3 or 4 ft. (can't remember) of a water source (the kitchen sink) - because it doesn't necessarily have to feed a microwave. It could feed a blender or a hand mixer...

I know that the 2005 NEC has some changes on this though...
 
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Old 08-03-04, 11:59 AM
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If this is a normal countertop outlet then it must be GFCI protected.

If it is an outlet in a dedicated space for a microwave that is not countertop located then no, it would not have to be GFCI protected.

However, microwave ovens are not prone to tripping a GFCI, and you won;t lose hundreds of dollars of food (like with a refrigerator or freezers), so why would you not GFCI protect it?
 
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Old 08-03-04, 01:29 PM
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Does the countertop rule apply to an island as well. I am going to use a GFI anyway but just wanted to know for my personal knowledge.
 
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Old 08-03-04, 01:38 PM
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Yes.

And now I am adding filler to the my answer to make it long enough to pass muster. (What a ridiculous requirement.)
 
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Old 08-03-04, 01:41 PM
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Thanks, I have meet my requirement to learn something new every day.

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