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Old 01-03-2009, 01:13 AM  
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Default Why do refigs need a dedicated circuit??

I have read many time that refrigerators always need a dedicated circuit and that nothing can be taken off of it.

Is this true?? If so,why?


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Old 01-03-2009, 06:33 AM  
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First, considering what's at stake I wold think the "why" is obvious.

Second, a refer does NOT require it's own circuit. Oddly enough the code minimum installation allows a refer to be placed on one of the two required 20A small appliance circuits.
What is written is that the refer can be on it's own 15A circuit.

Most every electrician I know of will put a full sized refer on it's own 15 or 20 amp dedicated circuit. There is really no reason not to.

To add, a refer in a kitchen does NOT require GFI protection as long as the receptacle is behind it.


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Old 01-04-2009, 12:00 AM  
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Default specs. will tell you.....

You will know by the manufactures electrical specifications sheet. There are a growing number of refers out there today that require a dedicated circuit. Alot of these are the sub-zero type. Yes some will run on a 15amp circuit, but they do not get along with any other appliances. Good luck......
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Thanks for clearing things up. Just curious because I have a refer in my garage thats just plugged in to a normal outlet.
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