New construction GFCI kitchen circuits question


Old 01-16-17, 06:50 PM
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New construction GFCI kitchen circuits question

Of course per NEC I am installing (2) GFCI 20a circuits. My question; I also have in the kitchen a garbage disposal, refrigerator and cook to vent fan. And maybe a couple other things regular receptacles. Either of my GFCI circuits have plenty of space. Is it code if I take the power to the other non GFCI devices and then pigtail power to my GFCI circuits. Just didn't want to run extra expensive circuits if I don't have to. Thanks again
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Old 01-16-17, 07:40 PM
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A refrigerator is commonly plugged ito one of the counter top circuits. That is allowed.

Garbage disposal and dishwasher can not be on the counter top receptacle circuit. They can share the same dedicated circuit unless one has an amp draw greater than 50% of the circuit.

The vent hood can not be on the counter top circuit but can be on the lighting circuit if it is a vent and light only, no microwave.
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What Ray said.

I'll add my $0.02 though... I hate when someone spends thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel and runs the fridge off one of the countertop circuit. It usually ends up that it's the same circuit that the countertop microwave and toaster are on, and therefore tends to overload and trip. Sort of a Murphy's law thing.

In my opinion, spend the extra $30 in materials (or $300 if hired out) to run a dedicated 15A circuit to the fridge.

(just a rant, not code-required)

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