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Old 03-10-2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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Kitchen Question

i was wondering. for a kitchen what is the code for fridge, garbage disposal, dishwasher, mircowave?

I know that i need outlets every 2 ft in the counter area (first one gfci, 20amp)

But what about for the other appliances? i know fridge should be a 20a. Can i group the the dishwasher and garbage disposal on 1 circuit (20a)? i know microwave should also have a dedicated 20a also.


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Old 03-10-2010, 08:15 AM   #2
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You need 2 dedicated circuits w/ 20-Amp GFCI's for your kitchen counter.

I do believe the Dishwasher and disposal can be together.

Check out this thread:
Number of circuits needed for a small kitchen? All responses welcome!



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Old 03-10-2010, 08:45 AM   #3
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Kitchen is very "involved"
(2) 20a GFCI circuits for countertop, no lights (even under cabinte) !!
Fridge can be on one of these, but I ran a dedicated 15a circuit w/#12 wire for my fridge
I will actually have 3 or 4 20a counter top circuits

Dishwasher requires a "dedicated" circuit...many pull 12a, but disposal can be run off this circuit

What kind of Microwave ? Counter top does not need another circuit
But mine pulls 1100w so one reason I am running a 3rd 20a circuit
Many Mfgs require a dedicated circuit (over stove)
If you have a hood that plugs in over the stove they now require a dedicated circuit. Not sure why...smaller fans only pull 3a. This seems to be due to large fan systems for gas stoves & due to combo microwaves/fans
Code seems to indicate a dedicated circuit for over the stove Microwave if it exceeds 50% of the circuit, but wording seems to indicate lights allowed ?
I don't think the code is very clear on this, I've read the different sections multiple times & different people give different views
If it pulls 1200w or more I'd run a seperate circuit for the MW, some pull up to 1800w
Bottom line your local Inspector/code may require a seperate circuit
So you need to verify what your local code requires & what the Mfg requires

My toaster pulls 850w, my small toaster oven pulls ~1500w
Add another device you want to use at the same time & you can see why 3 20a circuits is a good idea

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Old 03-10-2010, 08:48 AM   #4
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