When was a receptacle outlet for a washing machine first required by code?
Monday, January 6, 2020
This requirement first entered the National Electrical Code (NEC) in the 1971 edition.The NEC requires at 210.52(F) a minimum of one receptacle outlet at an area designated for laundry equipment. It states that “Laundry Areas - In dwelling units, at least one receptacle outlet shall be installed in areas designated for installation of laundry equipment.” There are two exceptions allowed: 1) for multifamily buildings with a central laundry room, and 2) for anything other than a single-family dwelling where a laundry is not permitted or allowed.
There is also a further stipulation at NEC 210.50(C) that the receptacle outlet be within 6 feet of the intended location of the appliance.
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