Do Bathroom Exhaust Fans Need Gfci Protection?


Although the National Electrical Code (NEC) does not have a requirement for a bathroom exhaust fan to be GFCI protected, it is often specified by the manufacturer in the installation instructions when the fan is over a tub or shower. … The GFCI protection is usually provided by a GFCI breaker in the panel.


The National Electrical Code (NEC) does not require bathroom exhaust fans to be GFCI protected, however, there is this bit in Article 110. 110.3 Examination, Identification, Installation, and Use of Equipment. (B) Installation and Use.

GFCI Breaker/Outlet Basics – Installation Guide / Bath Reno Part 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Are bathroom fans a fire hazard?

Although you may not think about it frequently, your bathroom exhaust fan is like any other electrical appliance. And like others, these exhaust fans can pose a fire risk if they aren't properly maintained.

Does every bathroom need a GFCI?

Where Should GFCI Outlets Be Installed? Bathrooms – All bathroom receptacles should have GFCI outlets installed. Garages & Sheds – Any area inside or outside of the house that is not considered a "habitable" room should include GFCI outlets. This includes garages, sheds, and any other work/storage areas.

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