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?
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.
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.
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!