Does a garage door opener need its own separate dedicated circuit?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

No, a garage door opener is not required to be on a separate, dedicated circuit. But, the ceiling receptacle outlet that it’s plugged into must be GFCI-protected. Which leads to an additional requirement: since the reset for a GFCI device, either a GFCI-receptacle or breaker, must be readily accessible—which means below 6’-8” high—you cannot put a GFCI-receptacle with test/reset buttons on the garage ceiling. So the ceiling receptacle must be protected by GFCI-receptacle or GFCI-breaker upstream from it. Usually the garage door opener is on the same circuit as the garage wall receptacles and one of them is GFCI.

    For a brief history of the GFCI requirement for garage door openers, go to our article Is a ceiling receptacle outlet for a garage door opener required to be GFCI protected? 

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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about GARAGES AND CARPORTS:

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