I guess the thread about the disconnecting means for the attic ventilating fan got me wondering if the same issue applies to paddle fans. Is a paddle fan an appliance? What is a typical HP rating? Does 422.32 apply? What about 430.109(6)(C)? I know this may seem a bit much, but it is a motor.
Re: Paddle Fan Motor Disconnect ?#85723 08/01/0310:00 AM08/01/0310:00 AM
I've done this type of installation more times than I can remember, but never thought twice about it. I had been trying to find some hp ratings for these motors, but no luck yet, but I've seen .9 amp ratings so I'd guess they're less than 1/8 hp anyway.
Re: Paddle Fan Motor Disconnect ?#85724 08/01/0302:51 PM08/01/0302:51 PM
Even if you held a ceiling fan to the most strick motor disconnect rules, the type of fan you are refering to always has a switch on the unit to shut off the fan (otherwise the fan would run constantly without a wall switch). Listed pieces of equipment are allowed to have a unit-mounted, factory-installed switch count as a motor disconnect. So since the disconnect doesn't have to be separate from the unit on larger scales then why do you figure a small unit might need it?