Code Q&A: Branch Circuit Overcurrent Protection

NEC guidelines for branch-circuit overcurrent protection


Q. What is the minimum size requirement for branch circuit overcurrent protection?

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A. Branch-circuit overcurrent devices must have a rating of not less than 125% of the continuous loads, plus 100% of the noncontinuous loads [210.20(A)]. Note: See Sec. 210.19(A)(1) for branch-circuit conductor sizing requirements.

Exception: If the assembly and the overcurrent devices are both liste

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