Recently a plumber installed a VIQUA IHS12-D4 Whole Home Integrated UV Water Treatment at our cottage. It plugs into a standard wall electrical socket with a 3-prong plug. The socket and panel are modern and inspected.
The manufacturer Owner's Manual (link on above web page under Resources) says
- “For safety reasons the outlet must be protected by a GFCI”
- “To protect the controller, a UL1449 certified transient voltage surge suppressor is required”
I asked the plumber who said "No it is not required as the unit is grounded."
Is the plumber correct so no further action is required?
In the area we regularly have power outages due to Hydro Quebec distribution grid problems, and occasionally have thunderstorms with lightening, hence risk of voltage surge.
Or should I install a GFCI electrical socket (or circuit breaker which is generally more expensive)?
And then how to add a surge suppressor? There are circuit breakers with a built-in surge suppressor for > $200 but they don't seem to be GFCI, or I could plug a $50 surge suppressor power bar into the socket (GFCI) and then the water filter into the power bar.
But the latter seems dodgy in a utility room with so much water and electricity close together, water supply, filter, pressure tank and hot water tank.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.