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Need GFCI protected branch circuit for fan installed above tub?

16 years ago

Yesterday, an electrician finished installing a panasonic exhaust fan FV-08VQ3. He put it above the tub near the shower head. Today, I read the fan installation instruction. In general safety information section, It says that "this unit is approved for use over a bathtub or shower when installed in a GFCI protected branch circuit."

I bought the GFCI outlet on the wall, but the fan is connected to a timer switch and is not GFCI circuit protected. I asked the electrician, he told me it's OK.

So do I need to have the fan installed in a GFCI protected branch circuit? Where will such a circuit be usually placed?

Thank you very much.

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