Outlet/switch combo on my furnace

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Old 06-20-16, 07:27 PM
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Outlet/switch combo on my furnace

There is an Outlet / Switch in a single box attached to my Furnace.. there is a separate emergency shutoff switch in the hallway for the furnace.. what is the attached one for and can I use it for a dehumidifier or should I run a new circuit?

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Old 06-20-16, 08:07 PM
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By code you need a service switch AT or within direct sight of the equipment. Many times a second switch is installed at the entrance to the furnace room or at the top of the stairway leading to the basement.

Normally that receptacle is used for a condensate pump, humidifier or service light.

A dehumidifier is usually plugged into a GFI receptacle in the basement.
 
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Old 06-21-16, 06:03 AM
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I would use that outlet for the dehumidifier ,although all new receptacles in a basement are required to be GFCI that is an existing receptacle,I don't know of a requirement that a dehumidifier must be plugged into GFCI
 
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Old 06-21-16, 09:55 AM
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There is no requirement that a dehumidifier be plugged into a GFI receptacle but general use receptacles in a basement are supposed to be of the GFI type.

Since the furnace won't be running when the dehumidifier is.... that receptacle should be ok to use.
 
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