Should a dishwasher be on a GFCI outlet?

Asked By: Ilidia Harwood | Last Updated: 24th March, 2020
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GFCI protection is not required for receptacles serving appliances like dishwashers, or convenience receptacles that do not supply countertop surfaces. Receptacles installed within 6 ft of the outside edge of a wet bar sink must also be GFCI-protected [210.8(A)(7)].

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Likewise, is a GFCI required for a dishwasher?

The dishwasher GFCI protection was adopted in the 2014 NEC. Also GFCI outlets are required to be readily accessible so they no longer can be located under the sink. The dishwasher also has to be AFCI protected so most are installing "dual purpose" AFCI/GFCI circuit breakers.

Beside above, should a refrigerator be plugged into a GFCI outlet? In a dwelling unit (residential), GFCI protection is only required for kitchen receptacles that serve the countertop surfaces. There's no requirement to GFCI protect receptacles that serve a refrigerator. Unless the fridge is plugged into a countertop receptacle.

Besides, can a dishwasher be plugged into a normal outlet?

Dishwashers can be either hardwired, or cord-and-plug connected. Because of this, a receptacle installed in a location that requires the removal of the dishwasher is not code compliant. i.e. If you can't find where the dishwasher is plugged in, it's likely hardwired.

Why does my dishwasher trip the GFCI?

A GFCI is not required but the fact it trips a GFCI indicates there may be a fault in the dishwasher. If left un-repaired there may be an increasing danger to persons using it. It should be checked by an appliance repair person.

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Does dishwasher have to be on dedicated circuit?

Because of the power it needs, a dishwasher should always have its own circuit, separate from the two individual appliance circuits that are often positioned above your countertop. Dishwashers run on 115-volt or 120-volt power. The dishwasher circuit should be a 125-volt, 15-amp circuit.

Can you put an outlet behind a dishwasher?

The receptacle cannot be directly behind the dishwasher; instead, it must be in an adjacent cabinet so you can access the plug without moving the dishwasher. This requires drilling a 1-inch hole through the cabinet through which you can pass the plug.

Does a dishwasher need a special outlet?

Dishwasher – A large range of dishwashers use the standard current of 110 volts. It is best to use an outlet that has a Ground Fault Interrupter or GFI. This will provide an extra precaution if the outlet gets wet. A GFI is designed to trip or disconnect power to prevent electrocution.

How many outlets can be on GFCI?

Re: number of outlets after gfci
Using 220.14, a maximum of 13 receptacle outlets are allowed on a 20A circuit. They can be single or dulpex and still only counts as one receptacle.

Can you put a dishwasher and garbage disposal on the same circuit?


It is recommended to put the GD and dishwasher on it's own 15 amp circuit or use a 20 amp circuit if you want to put them both together. The average DW can pull 10 amps and the GD can be between 4 and 8 amps.

Are garbage disposals hardwired or plugged in?

The National Electrical Code (NEC) does not require a garbage disposal to have GFCI protection. Garbage disposals should be either hardwired or connected to an outlet through a grounded electrical outlet.

Do I need GFCI outlets if I have a GFCI breaker?

You need GFCI protection in only one device per circuit. Or stated better, you should not have a GFCI outlet downstream of a GFCI breaker. It's not unsafe per se, but it will be an unpredictable pain to deal with when it trips and you don't know where to go to reset it. GFCI Outlets do not require GFCI breakers.

What size breaker do I need for a dishwasher?

Circuit Breaker Amperage
Dishwashers need a single-pole breaker that has at least 15 amps. However, if you are running a garbage disposal on the same circuit breaker that you will operate the dishwasher, you need to use a 20 amp breaker.

Do electric dryers need a special outlet?

Electric. Electric dryers require a dedicated three- or four-prong, 240-volt outlet. Generally, they're slightly more expensive than their gas counterparts to operate and run long term, while also using twice the strength of an ordinary household electric current.

Can a dishwasher run on a 15 amp circuit?


The dishwasher circuit should be a dedicated 120/125-volt, 15-amp circuit. This 15-amp circuit is fed with a 14/2 NM wire with a ground. Usually, the circuit does require GFCI protection, but AFCI protection may not be required, depending on the local interpretation of the Code.

Can a refrigerator share an outlet?

No, A refrigerator should not be sharing a wall socket with another appliance. Even a light bulb (well maybe a low wattage one). They specify 3 double-breaker loads for counter top appliances, and a separate circuit for a refrigerator.

Where should dishwasher outlet be?

The receptacle should not be behind the dishwasher. To access it; you would have to remove the dishwasher. Just like the dishwasher drain and water line that go to the sink water valve and drain; the dishwasher electric cord plug should go to a receptacle under the kitchen sink.

Does outlet under sink need to be GFCI?

There are no requirements in National Electrical Code (NEC) that a residential disposal must be GFCI protected. It also requires GFCI protection for receptacles within 6' of a sink, but only sinks not in a kitchen. The 2014 edition added 210.8(D), which requires dwelling unit dishwashers to be GFCI protected.

Is a dishwasher hardwired or plug in?

Unlike the plug-in appliances used in rooms beyond the kitchen, a dishwasher must be hardwired and hooked up to the home's plumbing.

Can you put an electrical outlet under a sink?


Sockets and Switches
Electrical sockets or switches should be fitted at a safe distance (it is recommended at least 30cm horizontally) from a sink to avoid the chance of water coming into contact with electricity. Sockets should also be easily accessible.

How much room do you need behind a dishwasher?

As mentioned earlier, your dishwasher should be no more than a metre from your power source, and no more than 50cm from your water and waste pipes. This usually means that you'll be installing your dishwasher close to your sink.

How long should a dishwasher last?

between seven and 12 years