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15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58854
11/22/05 01:54 PM
11/22/05 01:54 PM
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Rob  Offline OP
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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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Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58855
11/22/05 03:12 PM
11/22/05 03:12 PM
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Roger  Offline
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Rob, see 210.52(B)(1) and it's exceptions for your answer.

Roger

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58856
11/22/05 04:18 PM
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Rob  Offline OP
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Rodger thank you.
I read it and exception No.2

Thanks again

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

Roger

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58858
11/22/05 08:57 PM
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HLCbuild  Offline
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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.

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58859
11/22/05 09:40 PM
11/22/05 09:40 PM
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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.


Greg Fretwell
Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58860
11/23/05 07:35 PM
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Redsy  Offline
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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.

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58861
11/23/05 08:52 PM
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ShockMe77  Offline
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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...

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58862
11/23/05 10:11 PM
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NJwirenut  Offline
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Bergen County, NJ
Dedicated line and single 20A non-GFCI receptacle here...

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

Re: 15 or 20 to Refrigerator circuit #58863
11/26/05 10:14 AM
11/26/05 10:14 AM
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SteveFehr  Offline
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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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