Areas Where GFCI Outlets Are Required
Since 1971, building codes for residential structures have required GFCI outlets in homes. These outlets were initially mandated to be installed at homes for swimming pool equipment and along outside walls surrounding a pool. Today, building codes require GFCI outlets in various areas inside and outside your home, especially where electrical shock risk is higher due to factors like possible exposure to water. You are required to install GFCI outlets in the following areas:
- Pool and spa areas (since 1971)
- Your home’s exterior (sense 1973)
- Bathrooms (since 1975)
- Kitchen countertops (since 1987)
- Unfinished basements and crawlspaces (since 1990)
- Wet bars (since 1993)
- Utility and laundry sinks (since 2005)
What Are GFCI Outlets’ Limitations?
Mr. Electric of Grand Prairie gladly installs GFCI outlets as one of our various electrical services to households in cities like Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, and Waxahachie, TX. However, these outlets do have limitations you need to know. We warn you never to use a GFCI outlet as a receptacle for a freezer or refrigerator. The electromagnetic interference these appliances generate can trip these outlets and stop power flow immediately. GFCI outlets don’t apply to most dryers and stoves because these heavy-duty appliances require 240-amp power outlets. Toaster ovens, hair dryers, irons, and many other small appliances with heating elements can trip GFCI outlets. Finally, a GFCI outlet will be tripped by connecting an extension cord and plugging in too many electronic or electrical devices it.
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