That's extremely rare anymore. As I said, fifteen years ago, sure. I might
not put one on a freezer, either but that's not the general case. I'm wiring
my basement now and I'll use them everywhere. There's really no reason not
My neighbour had a gfi outlet "trip" on him while he was away for a few
weeks. He lost a 20 cu foot freezer full of meat. Several deer, couple
moose, and several several several choice cuts of freshwater fish in
addition to beef/pork/poultry/lamb.
His home insurance agent actually came out and agree to compensate him
$1700 for the lost spoils of hunting and fishing.
I would imagine the deer and moose and bear of Northern Ontario will be
paying the true price of this gfi "trip" for the next couple years...
Why would a GFI be placed on a freezer or refrigerator anyhow? It's bad
enough when there is a power outage and these appliances go off, but
normally the power is restored long before these foods are ruined. A
tripped GFI does not notify the owner of the failure, and it may be days
before the woner finds out what occurred.
A GFI should never be used on a freezer, refrigerator, sump pump,
sewerage pump, furnace, or life support device.
On new installation. My 38 year old home doesn't have, or require,
ANY GFCI devices. Then again, there is no "unfinished" space in the
whole house. Some "semi-finished" - and no sump pump.
I would not buy a house that needs one, personally. Enough high spots,
on sand, in our area that I don't need to settle for a house built in
a valley, on clay, or in a swamp. And no need or desire to move to an
area where that is not the case.
The freezer is another story - and I DO have a "power out indicator"
on the freezer outlet. I plugged an old UPS into the other side of the
outlet, where the water softener plugs in. If the power goes out it
hollers loud enough that I can hear it all the way to the top floor.
On 8/5/2012 6:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Not if you're referring to a residential type sewage ejection pump,
they're typically cord and plug. Some of the effluent pumps in outdoor,
underground pits are hard wired. Recently I'm even seeing commercial
duplex sump controllers that use outlets for the pumps. It's just easier
to do repairs and replacements.
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