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Bought a new dishwasher for my house and the sales person at the appliance store told me that it is now required by code to have a plug and outlet hookup instead of hardwiring the dishwasher. Is this true? If so, do I need to install GFCI outlet under the sink for the dishwasher?
 

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If you’re doing it yourself you can do whatever you want. I don’t like to hardwire them. I can’t remember ever seeing a gfci buried inside a cabinet.
 

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Silly me. I just use a deadfront GFCI above the countertop.
 
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Some of the inspectors around here are requiring the gfci to not be buried in the cabinet as it is "not accessible ".
 

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i don`t know if its everywhere , but in south florida, all appliances in the kitchen have to have a plug.
basically , that way , a home owner can replace their own appliance , without having to call a service guy. they can just unplug it , buy and plug in the new one .
never was asked about the receptacle inside the cabinet being g.f.i.
don`t think so , i mean the fridge isn't dishwasher isn't ,
 

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Here do a duplex mounted in the wall under the sink. One is switched for GD and the other is always hot for the DW to plug in. Both served by a gfci breaker.
 

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I can just hear the homeowners screaming about that
Homeowners scream about everything. If you give one a $100-bill, they'll bitch it's not five 20s.
 
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I usually run emt up into the sink cabinet to a square box with a switch and a short whip of MC going out to the dishwasher.

I'm not completely sold on this method, the switch might be kind of pointless but if the dishwasher is malfunctioning and you need to shut it fast, it works. Also, I've seen lots of rodent damage on cords and romex cables to dishwashers in the past.


I've never been required to protect dishwasher with gfci here by inspectors but they let a lot slide in this little town.
 

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if your adding a receptacle for the dishwasher it will need to be GFCI AND AFCI protected
Not necessarily. A lot of jurisdictions are still using older code cycles that don't even require GFCI let alone AFCI on a dishwasher. It doesn't mean you shouldn't protect it if you feel like it's important though.
 

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if your adding a receptacle for the dishwasher it will need to be GFCI AND AFCI protected
GFCI protection is for receptacles only

AFCI protection is for the entire circuit.
 

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GFCI protection is for receptacles only

AFCI protection is for the entire circuit.


I know you know this but gfci is not only for the receptacle but it is required for the dishwasher even if it is direct wired. I think that is what Manchester meant

(D) Kitchen Dishwasher Branch Circuit. GFCI protection
shall be provided for outlets that supply dishwashers installed
in dwelling unit locations.
 

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I know you know this but gfci is not only for the receptacle but it is required for the dishwasher even if it is direct wired. I think that is what Manchester meant
We just change the breaker to gfci and install a lockout, makes for a much neater install.
 

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I know you know this but gfci is not only for the receptacle but it is required for the dishwasher even if it is direct wired. I think that is what Manchester meant
By definition, the connection is still made at an outlet on a direct wire install.

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if your adding a receptacle for the dishwasher it will need to be GFCI AND AFCI protected
I believe if you're adding any single pole 15 or 20 amp circuit under the last few NEC code cycles they have to be AFCI protected. If it is an existing circuit you do not have to add the AFCI only the GFCI.

Local amendments may change the requirements.

Tom
 
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