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    Are inducer draft fans for water heaters required to be plugged into a GFCI outlet or is this not a good idea? The water heater was manufactured in 02, gas unit.

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    Default Re: Inducer fan for water heater

    I just looked up the installations instructions for a high efficiency Bradford White gas WH, and it didn't say anything about GFCI protection. All I saw was that the circuit must be dedicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
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    Are inducer draft fans for water heaters required to be plugged into a GFCI outlet or is this not a good idea? The water heater was manufactured in 02, gas unit.
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    Not a Good Idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew stouffer View Post
    Are inducer draft fans for water heaters required to be plugged into a GFCI outlet or is this not a good idea? The water heater was manufactured in 02, gas unit.

    Depends on where the water heater is located ... the receptacle may be REQUIRED to be GFCI protected.

    What's the problem with having the fan GFCI protected? Is this like where some say not to put sump pumps on GFCIs even though it is required to do so?

    There is an interlock switch for the fan should the fan not work - the water heater will not fire (at least that is how I remember the few that I've seen in years past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Depends on where the water heater is located ... the receptacle may be REQUIRED to be GFCI protected.

    What's the problem with having the fan GFCI protected? Is this like where some say not to put sump pumps on GFCIs even though it is required to do so?

    There is an interlock switch for the fan should the fan not work - the water heater will not fire (at least that is how I remember the few that I've seen in years past.
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    So Your saying it's a Good Ideal ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Depends on where the water heater is located ... the receptacle may be REQUIRED to be GFCI protected.

    What's the problem with having the fan GFCI protected? Is this like where some say not to put sump pumps on GFCIs even though it is required to do so?

    There is an interlock switch for the fan should the fan not work - the water heater will not fire (at least that is how I remember the few that I've seen in years past.
    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
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    So Your saying it's a Good Ideal ?
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    Yes.
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    If the fan does not come on, or the fan shuts off, the burner shuts off.
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    You would rather electrocute someone touching the fan or the water heater, or the metal plumbing which was supposed to be bonded to ground but was not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
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    Yes.
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    Is Your WH GFCI Protected ?
    * along with your 20 year old freezer.
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    Thanks.


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    Default Re: Inducer fan for water heater

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Stephens View Post
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    Is Your WH GFCI Protected ?
    * along with your 20 year old freezer.
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    MY water heater is electric ... so no.

    MY year old refrigerator in the garage IS on a GFCI.

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