What is the requirement for a service receptacle outlet for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HACR) equipment?
Friday, June 15, 2018
Because a receptacle is often necessary for servicing HVAC equipment, the National Electrical Code (NEC 210.63) specifies that a 125-volt, single-phase, 15- or 20-amp receptacle outlet must be installed in an accessible location within 25 feet of the equipment and on the same level. The code also requires that it should not be connected to the load side of the disconnecting means for the equipment. One exception is allowed: a service receptacle is not necessary for an evaporative cooler at a one- or two-family dwelling.
The receptacle shown above is at a heat pump condenser, and is an example of one that is integral with the disconnect box. A receptacle should also be GFCI-protected if it is at a location where it is required by code—such as outdoors, a garage, crawl space, or unfinished basement.
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