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Does outlet under sink need to be GFCI?

Last Updated: 11th May, 2020

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There are no requirements in National Electrical Code (NEC) that a residential disposal must be GFCI protected. It also requires GFCI protection for receptacles within 6' of a sink, but only sinks not in a kitchen. The 2014 edition added 210.8(D), which requires dwelling unit dishwashers to be GFCI protected.

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Correspondingly, do all outlets in the kitchen need to be GFCI?

Kitchens: All receptacles serving countertop areas and any receptacle within 6 feet of a sink must have GFCI protection. Also, the receptacle supplying a dishwasher should be GFCI-protected.

Likewise, does a dishwasher require a GFCI? GFCI protection is not required for receptacles serving appliances like dishwashers, or convenience receptacles that do not supply countertop surfaces. Receptacles installed within 6 ft of the outside edge of a wet bar sink must also be GFCI-protected [210.8(A)(7)].

Keeping this in consideration, can you put an electrical outlet under a sink?

Sockets and Switches Electrical sockets or switches should be fitted at a safe distance (it is recommended at least 30cm horizontally) from a sink to avoid the chance of water coming into contact with electricity. Sockets should also be easily accessible.

Do floor outlets need to be GFCI?

GFCI protection is required for all 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles that supply kitchen countertop surfaces [210.8(A)(6)]. Receptacle outlets required by 210.52(C)(1) for the countertop space must be located on or above (but not more than 20 in. above) the countertop surface.

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