If you want to ensure that your GFCI is working properly, follow these simple steps:
The NEC does not specify if a washing machine itself requires GFCI protection. However, it does state that GFCI protection is required in all laundry areas, bathrooms, basements, or utility rooms that include a sink. There should be an electrical receptacle at least within 3 feet of the outside edge of the sink. The outlets must be GFCI’s (ground fault circuit interrupters) and should be on at least one separate 20-amp circuit. According to 2017 NEC, an outlet should be within 6 feet from any given point on the wall. In general areas, such as kitchens, living rooms, hallways, bedrooms, etc, outlets should be spaced out every 12 feet on around the room, and within 6 feet of a door.
GFCI outlets are designed to disconnect power when they detect that the electrical current is flowing along the wrong path. Electrical trips or ground faults can occur for several reasons:
GFCI protection requirements were updated in the 2017 National Electric Code book to include several other areas. NEC now requires all GFCI protection for all 15-amp and 20-amp 125V outlets installed in the following locations:
GFCI protection is also required for all single-phase receptacles rated 50 amps or less, not exceeding 150V to ground and 3-phase receptacles rated 100 amps or less not exceeding 150V to ground installed in the following locations