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Is a receptacle required to be on the side of a furnace, or does one just need to be within sight? Is it the same rule as with ac units?
 

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210.63 Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Equipment Outlet. A 125-volt, single-phase, 15- or 20-ampere-rated receptacle outlet shall be installed at an accessible location for the servicing of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. The receptacle shall be located on the same level and within 7.5 m (25 ft) of the heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equip-ment. The receptacle outlet shall not be connected to the load side of the equipment disconnecting means.

Exception: A receptacle outlet shall not be required at one-and two-family dwellings for the service of evaporative coolers.
 

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The requirement is the article BBQ pointed out but the OP may be thinking about the receptacle on a furnace for a condensation pump.
 

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210.63 Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Equipment Outlet. A 125-volt, single-phase, 15- or 20-ampere-rated receptacle outlet shall be installed at an accessible location for the servicing of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. The receptacle shall be located on the same level and within 7.5 m (25 ft) of the heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equip-ment. The receptacle outlet shall not be connected to the load side of the equipment disconnecting means. Exception: A receptacle outlet shall not be required at one-and two-family dwellings for the service of evaporative coolers.
Thanks. That's the answer I was looking for. I've never seen a cord and plug connected furnace around here.
 

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People in normal states don't plug in their furnace. :jester:

I take it your town has never been through a winter storm. We had a few where power was out for days at or below zero. Linemen and people with gennies where really wishing the thing was on a cord.
 

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I take it your town has never been through a winter storm. We had a few where power was out for days at or below zero. Linemen and people with gennies where really wishing the thing was on a cord.
We get them all the time but most furnaces and boilers here are not listed for cord and plug connection so doing so is a code violation.
 
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