Does wine fridge need dedicated circuit?

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Posted by: from Burlington
6/24/2015 at 12:13:05 PM

We are installing a small 24 inch under cabinet builtin wine fridge. Wondering if it needs a dedicated circuit like a full size refrigerator does?

Easiest for us is to tap into the 110v outlet for our gas stove which only has the exhaust vent fan on that circuit.

We are getting it inspected but can't find any information for wine fridges specifically and the ESA wasn't any help saying they only inspect.

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Dave from Nemco in Cambridge
Date/Time6/24/2015 at 1:16:10 PM

No it does not have to be a dedicated circuit and I doubt the range hood is the only device on that circuit besides the gas stove. I would check the amperage of the wine cooler, anything below 8amps should be ok. In order to be sure you would need a qualified professional to do a proper evaluation of that circuit.

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Date/Time6/24/2015 at 2:00:33 PM


The electrical code states that a receptacle shall be provided for each refrigerator, so with that said I would supply the wine fridge with its own circuit.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Lee Quesnelle

Diverse Electric Ltd.

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Date/Time6/25/2015 at 12:40:53 AM


OESC says each receptacle installed for a refrigerator shall be supplied by a branch circuit that does not supply any other outlets, except a recessed clock receptacle intended for use with an electric clock; I would say you can get a new circuit for it. don't hook it or tap it with others.

Hussain ME

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