I'm trying to determing the best setup for my electrical stuff.
I can't seem to pull the specs on my Amana 23 Cu fridge yet BUT I was
considering hooking up my range hood on the same circuit. My Range
hood blower pulls 5 Amps - it's a 1200 CFM unit.
Is this against NEC Code or should I just find an alternate like the
I wouldn't know the NEC if I tripped over it...but I think you can do
that. The garbage disposal is sposed to be on its own circuit, not
sure hwy though. The other biggie is the sump pump, don't want you
hair dryer knocking that out.
Fixed electrical appliances require separate circuits. Dishwasher, disposal
( that one will open the door) stove, microwave.
Will it work, yes. The refer will not pull more than 10 amps.
5 amps for a exhausts hood. Sure hope it is not to loud.
I'm offering an opinion on a code question because nobody else had
answered. By saying I don't know the code up front, I'm warning that
the info I am conveying is based on what I've heard, not explicit
knowledge and electrician would have. There are locales where a sump
has to be on a breaker of its own. As for the garbage disposal, per
the NEC, it requires a circuit of its own if the manufacturer labeled
it as such, if we want to be overly technical about things:
If the government, which has incorporated the NEC as law, would make it
available on the web, we would all be better off. As it is, the public
cannot see the laws it must follow without buying a book. Imagine if
all laws were that way.
The last code book I ever saw was 1999 NEC, so things may
have changed, but at that time, a refridgerator was supposed
to be on a separate circut, and that circut was allowed to
have 1 other little thing on it, like a clock. (I forget
the exact wording, but the essence was, nothing else big
on the refridgerator circut). I think a 5-amp range hood
probably counts as "big".
From a practical standpoint, it's not likely to create a problem,
and if it does, it will be when you turn on the fan and blow
the breaker, so you'll likely notice.
If the hood was cord and plug connected it could go in a small
appliance circuit, as could the fridge. There is no upper limit to the
number of 20a small appliance circuits you can have. The fridge
exception only says that if you run a 15a to the fridge it has to be
dedicated for the fridge, and a clock. If it is a 20 you don't have
alan ( firstname.lastname@example.org) said...
My knowledge is based on the CEC, but I suspect there is a similar
restriction in the NEC...
Prior to the 1994 revision, the CEC allowed only a range hood and/or
a clock outlet to be on the same circuit as an outlet intended for
Since the revision in 1994, ONLY a clock outlet is allowed to be on
the same circuit as a refrigerator outlet. So, the answer is, "no".
At one point going into the past, the refrigerator outlet could be
on a circuit with other stuff. I don't know just when it was reduced
to the range hood/clock before being further reduced to the clock only,
but my parents' home was built in 1963 and the refrigerator not only
shared the circuit with the range hood, but with the lighting of the
hallway. At least when we renovated the kichen in the early 90's, we
gave the fridge its own circuit.
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