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Old 03-02-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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dishwasher installation - why dedicated circuit?


I recently bought a dishwasher to install into my rental unit (previously has none). The dishwasher is a smaller apartment size builtin unit (only 18" wide vs the typical 24" or 30"). The nearest power is an electrical plug beside where I want to install the dishwasher. Can I power the dishwasher with an extension from the plug? I would break up the drywall and run the extension proper, but just want to know if I can get the power from the plug vs needing to run a new wire from my panel? Obviously that would not be a dedicated circuit, but what does that matter? Also I believe the breaker feeding the plug that I want to feed dishwasher with is a 15A - is that OK for a small apartment sized unit?

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Fixed appliances are prohibited from being on the small appliance circuits serving the countertops.

The instuctions call for a dedicated circuit.

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is this the same for Canada? Also what if the plug is not to a countertop plug but rather a plug on the wall.

if still against code, can someone provide some reason why this is the case - what is the concern feeding from another plug?

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Obviously that would not be a dedicated circuit, but what does that matter?
Why it matters is because you could create a situation where the breaker is tripping on a regular basis which is not only annoying, but could lead to damaging the breaker and/or the wiring.
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Speaking of rental unit are you landlord or tentant ?? that will make the diffrence.

Just about all the dishwasher I ran into either USA side or France side they useally are hardwired and it will BE it own circuit per manufacter instruction.

You can able look it up thru the manufacter website and look up that model and it will give out some infomation you are looking for.

Most dishwasher typically required either 15 or 20 amp circuit.

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