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.
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.
#58859 - 11/22/0508:40 PMRe: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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.
#58860 - 11/23/0506:35 PMRe: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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...
#58862 - 11/23/0509:11 PMRe: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit
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?