Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum | Post a Follow-Up

wiring for dishwasher

Posted by ardcp (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 12, 14 at 9:56

could someone tell me if it's normal and acceptable to have a wire going directly into the dishwasher? i pulled mine out today because i smelled a burning electrical smell 2 days ago, found that whirlpools are catching fire and got concerned. we have a newer house and the dishwasher has it's own breaker in the box in the basement but no plug/outlet behind the dishwasher, just a thick white wire coming out of the wall.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: wiring for dishwasher

Some locations direct wire is perfectly fine. Some locations prefer that you attach a cord to the DW and plug it into an outlet.

RE: wiring for dishwasher

Hard wired with nm cable has been the industry standard around here since they were invented. Only recently have contractors been installing receptacles for them. I usually installa duplex under the sink with one side switched and the other hot all the time. One for the dw and one for the disposal.

RE: wiring for dishwasher

If the dishwasher is right next to the sink, I use a cord and install a half hot receptacle under the sink. One side switched for the garbage disposal to plug into, the constant hot for the dishwasher.

If it's not right next to the sink I stub out a wire on the rough in and then direct wire it. If it's direct wired, a breaker lock off is required.

RE: wiring for dishwasher

Almost every dishwasher on the market today is cord-and-plug connected. Some people conveniently put the receptacle for the dishwasher under the sink but in other times it's behind the dishwasher.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here