Do Bathroom Fans Need To Be Gfci Protected?

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does a light over a shower need to be GFCI protected?

The NEC has no requirement for GFCI protection of lighting in bathrooms. If you have a bath fan or bath fan w/light installed over the tub or in a shower, the manufactures instructions will usually call for GFCI protection.

How many amps do you need for a bathroom vent fan?

The Bottom Line While older bathrooms were often served by one 15-amp circuit, a new or remodeled bathroom generally requires at least two circuits—a 15-amp or 20-amp general lighting circuit and a 20-amp outlet circuit. A third 20-amp circuit may be required to power the vent fan if it includes a heat lamp.

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