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Old 08-25-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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I am replacing an old dishwasher with a new one. The new ones states to hook the black wire to black, white to white and bare to ground screw.
The problem is, the wiring to the old dishwasher was red, black and white. I don't know what to do with the red wire?

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Old 08-25-2018, 05:42 PM   #2
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first move is put a volt meter on there and see what you have...

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I agree, usually that setup is 220v.

Check across the white and black to see if you have 120v. Then check across the white and red to see if you have 120v. Then check across the red and black to see if you have 220v

If that is the case then you can either use black and white or red and white for your 120v power. Cap off the extra lead inside the electrical box of the DW.
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Along with the good advice above, where was the red wire previously connected?
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I got a nickel that says the red wire is a ground wire.
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There is a ground wire there, why would you think the red is being used as a ground?
Have never come across a 3 conductor wire to a dishwasher before.
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It looks like a separate wire.... it could be feeding something else, and they used the dw as a junction box.
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Put all 4 together see what happens. J/k obviously don't do that the old one was either 220 or one wire was a spare like others have suggested put a voltmeter on it and see what's on it and then let us know

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There is a ground wire there, why would you think the red is being used as a ground?....
'Cuz the red isn't part of the cable assembly.



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....Have never come across a 3 conductor wire to a dishwasher before.

And you still haven't.
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I'd guess the red is either live with another breaker or the whole thing is connected to a 220v breaker...so...first question would be how'd you turn off the power? was the breaker a double pull tied together or just a single 110v? Getting out a meter is the best advice...or...call someone who knows what they're doing and looking at if you're not comfortable/sure of it...or...call 9-1-1 and be ready to hit send on your phone?
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Tony, are you playing us here? What was connected before, and were all the wires connected? Got a pic?

If there's access below, how about replacing that mess?
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'Cuz the red isn't part of the cable assembly.






And you still haven't.
Didn't look that close. Yep, separate wire.
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'Cuz the red isn't part of the cable assembly.






And you still haven't.

Ah, I didn't zoom on it.
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Update....i put a meter across the red wire and nuetral got no reading.
Have no idea what that red wire was used for?
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good eye. where is that red wire coming from? looks like it's wrapped around the romex.
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My guess is it's used to either ground another circuit or feed power to it.
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Possibly feeding the disposer.....
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This is why you pay attention to how it was connected before, I take pics beforehand if there's anything abnormal.

Since it's red I would assume it brings power elsewhere and I hate assuming.

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This is why you pay attention to how it was connected before, .....
That's assuming you took it apart in the first place. Sometimes, it's that way when you first arrive.

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