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Old 06-20-19, 09:56 PM
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GFCI new build

Hello. I'm under contract for a house that is a new custom build. The inspector pointed out that the dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washing machine are all connected to GFCI outlets and that they shouldn't be. I've been trying to research this and found people who say it's not a problem and many others say it shouldn't be this way. So two questions. Do you think this is okay how it is now? And could I change those to regular outlets without much trouble? Thank you
 
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Old 06-20-19, 09:59 PM
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To add, my mom just had a house built by Lennar, and the dishwasher and washing machine plugs are not GFCI. I don't know why this custom builder would do such a thing. The wash room has no sink.
 
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Old 06-21-19, 05:08 AM
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There is no exact location in your profile so no one's going to what your local codes are.
What code they happen to be using can even change from county to county within a state.
 
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Old 06-21-19, 05:13 AM
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Hi, ultimately you must comply with the inspector, however the 2017 NEC requires a DW to be GFCI protected .NEC Article 210-8 D
I would say if they are GFCI all the better, leave it.
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Old 06-21-19, 05:47 AM
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The only thing I know of that must not be GFCI or AFCI is smoke detectors.
 
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Old 06-21-19, 06:19 AM
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I'm not aware of any code that says things CAN'T be connected to a GFCI circuit. There are some requirements for things that must be GFCI-protected, but anywhere else it's optional.

In this case, the dishwasher and the laundry must be GFCI protected. The disposal is a maybe, but probably not required.
 
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Old 06-21-19, 09:27 AM
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Ok thanks. Sorry I'm new here. Arizona, Maricopa County. I'll update my profile.
 
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Old 06-21-19, 04:17 PM
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As mentioned, a dishwasher installed in a dwelling is required to be GFCI protected. Any receptacle within 6' of a sink is also required to be GFCI protected. All GFCI's are required to be readily accessible and cannot be behind the machines.
 
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Old 06-22-19, 11:21 AM
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The only thing I know of that must not be GFCI or AFCI is smoke detectors.

In some cases, smoke detector circuits must be AFCI protected. Bedroom smoke detectors is a good example.
 
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Old 06-22-19, 11:50 AM
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Not in Canada. They are specifically NOT to be AFCI. You want them to work no matter what.
 
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Old 06-22-19, 12:44 PM
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Not in Canada. They are specifically NOT to be AFCI. You want them to work no matter what.

I understand that completely, but although very similar, Canadian codes and the NEC are not always the same. When the NEC calls for outlets to be AFCI protected it includes 120 volt powered smoke detectors which are outlets.
 
 

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