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Question DetailsAsked on 1/30/2015

Can I install a washer box near an electrical pannel?

I would like to relocate a side by side washer and dryer in the laundry room. The Circuit breaker panel will be above the dryer. Is there a minimum separation for the washer hookup box from the electrical panel?

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Sorry, that is a no-go as you describe it.

As for the water issue, there is no general IRC/UEC requirement for a certain distance from a residential breaker box from a water connection or source - though I have seen local code requirements of both 18 inches and 36 inches laterally. Check with your local building code officials about their requirements.

What is going to get you is the requirement that there be a 30" wide working space in front of the panel - by IRC/UEC 30 inches wide by 36" deep by full floor height (modified as to top of panel or for 6 feet from floor in some areas) in front of the panel, measured from either side of the panel. Some jurisdictions I have seen this interpreted as 30" wide zone as having to be centered on the panel, or 30" wide measured from the hinge side of the panel cover. However, the 36" clear zone in front of the panel means you cannot put the dryer (or washer or anything) there, legally.

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