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#58854 - 11/22/05 09:54 AM 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 15
Loc: New York
Could not find in code book, kept refering to grounds and GFI.
Refrigerator circuit for a residential
apartment that is being updated.
I know that two 20 amp circuits are required for the counter top and need gfi protection.
But what about the fridge wire.
The fridge is on a shared circuit currently.
My background is HVAC so forgive my ignorance.

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#58855 - 11/22/05 11:12 AM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
Roger Offline
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Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Rob, see 210.52(B)(1) and it's exceptions for your answer.

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#58856 - 11/22/05 12:18 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
Rob Offline
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Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 15
Loc: New York
Rodger thank you.
I read it and exception No.2

Thanks again

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#58857 - 11/22/05 01:07 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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You're welcome Rob.

Roger

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#58858 - 11/22/05 04:57 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
HLCbuild Offline
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Registered: 12/05/04
Posts: 206
Loc: Herndon,Va USA
Rob,
If it is any help, in all my kitchen remodels,I always start on of my small appliance circuits at the refrigerator with a non-GFI protected receptacle, then go to the next recept. and put in my GFI. It keeps the refrig from going out due to a GFI trip.

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#58859 - 11/22/05 05:40 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9045
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
If you go with a 20a for the fridge you can also feed those receptacles in the eating/cooking area that do not serve the countertop, without a GFCI. It may be a questionable design choice though. Lupe plugs the vacuum in, pops the breaker, moves on to another outlet to finish and all the food spoils.
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#58860 - 11/23/05 03:35 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
Redsy Offline
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Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
New construction or remodel, I believe that a dedicated refrigerator circuit is a good idea. Don't anyone get mad, but anything less, although it meets code, is skimping.

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#58861 - 11/23/05 04:52 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
ShockMe77 Offline
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Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 823
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
I always run a dedicated 20 amp, 120 vac, line for the refridgerator. When the fridge "kicks in" it draws about 10 amps depending the size of the fridge. Why would you not run a ded. line for it? The real question would be wether or not to use a single or duplex receptacle...

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#58862 - 11/23/05 06:11 PM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
Dedicated line and single 20A non-GFCI receptacle here...

[This message has been edited by NJwirenut (edited 11-23-2005).]

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#58863 - 11/26/05 06:14 AM Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
SteveFehr Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1192
Loc: Chesapeake, VA
How many fridge/freezers would be acceptable on a single dedicated circuit? I know fridges of today only draw a small fraction of what they did in years past- would it cause problems to put a kitchen refrigerator and a second fridge/freezer in the garage on a single 20A? Worst case scenario would be both kicking on at the same time, like after a short power blink. Is the in-rush short enough that it won't trip the breaker, even if it's slightly over 20A for a few cycles?

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