GFCI receptacle in kitchen

I currently work as a Maintenance Manager and was completing a stress test in a house today. Noted that the GFCI circuit in the kitchen was not disabled through a GFCI receptacle but passed straight through to the breaker in service panel. Breaker is a GFCI and tripped when tested through receptacles. The problem with this configuration in this particular unit, is the service panel is located in a locked owners closet. Florida…

Two questions.

  1. Is there any code requirement stating the receptacles in the kitchen should trigger a GFCI receptacle or is it approved to have the breaker act as the GFCI?
  2. Can a breaker panel be located in a locked room such as an owners closet?

Currently working through the Electrical module for home inspection

Gregory, it is approved to have a GFCI breaker installed properly in a panel or a receptacle in the kitchen.

Does your kitchen GFCI trip regularly? If so, there is something else wrong and it should be discovered and fixed. GFCIs don’t trip for no reason although it would be more convenient to have access to it in the rare event that it was needed to be reset.

Talk to him if there is a problem with the GFCI tripping regularly.

Lets stick to a single post for a single question, you do not need to post the same question in multiple forums.

  1. GFCI breaker in electrical panel is allowed and protects the whole circuit. If you install a GFCI receptacle on that same circuit you’ll get nuisance tripping. The GFCI breaker MAY have a higher fault current rating and trips first. If you know for certain that the circuit services only kitchen counter top receptacles (20 amp dedicated small appliance kitchen circuit) then you should change the GFCI breaker out to a standard breaker.

  2. Not sure why you would have a lock on a closet where your electrical panel is in. But in short yes, nothing that says you can have a panel behind a lock door. Usually you find that in commercial applications where access is only for qualified or authorized personnel.

Could it be the panel is in a locked “owner’s closet” because it is used as a short term, or vacation rental property?
Thanks, Kevin

There is nothing wrong with having a GFCI circuit breaker and GFCI receptacle on the same circuit. It will work properly at protecting the circuit and not cause a problem other than not knowing which one will trip during a ground fault condition.

The fault current rating is going to be at least 10,000 Amperes (Class H) regardless of the location. The fault current rating is irrelevant.