Is there a requirement to have a GFCI outlet to plug in a watercooler? Also I was under the impression that all watercoolers manufactured after 2005 had to have an internal GFCI?
Section 422.5(A) requires that appliances identified in 422.5(A)(1)-(5) that are rated 250V or less and 60A or less be provided with GFCI protection. This does not, however, require that the outlet provide the GFCI protection. Section 422.5(B) lists the different options for providing this GFCI protection. An outlet type GFCI device is one option that is allowed. It should also be noted that regardless of which method is chosen, the GFCI must be readily accessible.
I hope this helps to answer your question. Thank you for your interest in the NEC and NFPA.
NFPA 70 2014, Article 422.52, requires electric water cooler to be protected with ground-fault circuit interrupter. It can be GFCI receptacle or circuit breaker.
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