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#93647 - 06/02/05 04:40 PM disconnect for air handler / remote AC
gserve Offline

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Can the disconnect for a 120V air handler / remote AC be a 15A single pole switch mounted to the unit as in furnace applications? Or do I need a disconnect on the unit if the panel is in sight of the unit? Please advise. Thanks

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#93648 - 06/03/05 12:54 AM Re: disconnect for air handler / remote AC
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Alot depends on the unit itself, and it is allowable to put the disco on the unit, but many don't like the idea. Another place in the code governing these things is 422.30-35.

440.14 Location.
Disconnecting means shall be located within sight from and readily accessible from the air-conditioning or refrigerating equipment. The disconnecting means shall be permitted to be installed on or within the air-conditioning or refrigerating equipment.
The disconnecting means shall not be located on panels that are designed to allow access to the air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment.
Exception No. 1: Where the disconnecting means provided in accordance with 430.102(A) is capable of being locked in the open position, and the refrigerating or air-conditioning equipment is essential to an industrial process in a facility where the conditions of maintenance and the supervision ensure that only qualified persons service the equipment, a disconnecting means within sight from the equipment shall not be required.
Exception No. 1 accommodates special conditions associated with process refrigeration equipment. Typically, this equipment is very large, so rated disconnects may not be available. Additionally, this equipment may be in hazardous locations, and locating disconnecting means within sight of the motor may introduce additional hazards.
Exception No. 2: Where an attachment plug and receptacle serve as the disconnecting means in accordance with 440.13, their location shall be accessible but shall not be required to be readily accessible.
FPN:See Parts VII and IX of Article 430 for additional requirements.
The reference to Parts VII and IX of Article 430 in the fine print note is intended to call attention to the additional disconnect location requirements in 430.102, 430.107, and 430.113. Because 440.3(A) makes the requirements in Article 440 in addition to or amendatory of the provisions of Article 430, the requirement of 440.14 mandates that the equipment disconnecting means be within sight from and readily accessible from the equipment, even if there is also a remote disconnect capable of being locked in the open position under the provision of 430.102(B), Exception.
This special requirement for air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment covered by Article 440 is more stringent than the provisions in Article 430 to provide protection for service personnel working on equipment located in attics, on roofs, or outside in a remote location where it is difficult to gain access to a remote lockable disconnect. See 440.14, Exception No. 1.

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