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Old 02-21-2011, 09:38 AM   #16
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I have not seen a dishwasher that required a 30 amp breaker. What is the gauge of the wires? What is the electrical requirement of the new DW (instructions or info plate on the DW)?
The breaker that turned off the old DW also controlled a few other outlets on the opposite wall in the kitchen. The instructions for the new DW calls for "a seperate circuit rated for at least 15 amps (20 if connected to disposer) but not more than 20 amps"

Thanks for asking that, I had not thought to look at the outlet that is tied in with it.
Looking at it, I think the electrician that installed it may have just used wiring that he had with him at the time and not the "proper" wiring.
See whatcha think. Let me know if this makes any sense.

Thanks again to all that have and will provide input.
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can you trace the wire in your cb panel to where it comes in the cb box I am wondering if they used a 10-3 wire for some reason and they just cut the red wire and did not use it. I have no idea why they would have used a 30amp circuit. you need to find out what size the wire is because it is on a 30amp circuit it would need to be 10-3.
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NO electrician wired that. Not even a bad one. That is complete hack work.

PLEASE call in a pro to sort out this mess. it will be money well spent.
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I agree with Speedy.

The only thing minutely correct on that receptacle is the red wire...and I wonder a bit about that. And to add to warnerww's comments, there's no way those back stabbed wires are 10 ga. (but then again we are looking at hacked job) which means there must be some junction point somewhere between that receptacle and the breaker...that and the OP said there wasn't a red wire in the panel.
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The breaker that turned off the old DW also controlled a few other outlets on the opposite wall in the kitchen
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If you have other receptacles connected to that 30 amp breaker, you have other problems. Standard general purpose 120 volt receptacles are rated for 20 amp max. This needs to be corrected. You really need to listen to some of the others who have suggested you hire a pro.
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Thanks for all of your input. I was afraid it would come to that and agere that will probably be the best thing to do.

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