A new home has a single receptacle for the washing machine. The owner has been unplugging it to use the iron. The laundry sink is next to the washer (obviously). GFCI protection is not called for in 210.8. The receptacle can be replaced with a duplex. Should a GFCI be installed, anyway? (I'm thinking yes.)
The sink is next to the washer. The iron will only be as far as the cord will allow. I know the thoughts behind GFCI on washers & refrigerators, but I've also heard that the motors are required to pass strict ground leakage tests, which would keep the "trickle" belolw GFCI thresholds. That said, I'd rather try a GFCI on a washer than a refrigerator where the food would spoil if a tripped GFCI was left unnoticed.
Re: Laundry room GFCI?#83432 01/31/0306:51 AM01/31/0306:51 AM
The outlet is readily accessible and its normal use is for both ironing as well as for the washer. I don't see any way around the requirement for garage outlet gfci protection. If its not in the garage, then I don't see any requirement for a gfci. But I would put one in anyway!
Re: Laundry room GFCI?#83435 02/22/0307:30 AM02/22/0307:30 AM
If the question comes down to A) Is it required? or B) Would I install a GFCI? Then most people who know the dangers of electricity would put the GFCI in this location. However it might not be required as per the NEC.