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#193498 - 04/05/10 02:16 PM Refrigeration equipment and GFI
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The owner of an assisted living complex installed a large
walk-in refrigeration unit outside. He is afraid that the required exterior GFI will trip and cause the food to spoil. Would it be OK to install a disconnect instead of the receptacle to get around the exterior GFI requirement?

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#193499 - 04/05/10 02:34 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: wewire2]
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I don't Belive Walk in cooler Feeds Require GFI.

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#193500 - 04/05/10 02:46 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: Yoopersup]
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I agree Ernie, but there's a chance that a service receptacle might be needed and if so, that would need GFCI protection. He said that it was a refrigerator so he might not need heat tapes on the doors or drain lines like he might if it were a Freezer.
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#193505 - 04/05/10 06:32 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: George Little]
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Just out of curiousity, how 'large' a walk-in box could this unit be? 20 amp, 120 volt? Plug-in compressor and condenser?

I can't recall seeing a WI box that was cord & plug connected.
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#193515 - 04/06/10 02:54 AM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: HotLine1]
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If a thing like this is so large (and possibly never likely to be moved), why does it have to have a plug-socket arrangement on it at all?
What I am tending to think is that it could be permanently wired into it's supply source with a disconnect in an accessible position.
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#193522 - 04/06/10 12:05 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: Trumpy]
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Yo! I'm back.
The unit is about 7'by 6' with the compressor package on the
roof. It does have a cord. Considering your great input, I think I've decided to just hardwire it and put it on a non-GFI circuit. Thanks!

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#193532 - 04/06/10 06:35 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: wewire2]
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And I'm still curious!!
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#193590 - 04/08/10 05:23 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: HotLine1]
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Is this in Placerville?
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#193620 - 04/10/10 12:18 PM Re: Refrigeration equipment and GFI [Re: Tesla]
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Sorry for the delay in responding.
Hotline1, I'll post a photo of the unit this week. Tesla, nope it's not located in Placerville. Should start the job
on Monday. Thanks!

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