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Old 05-09-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Electrical Box Behind Dishwasher

Ok, so the electrical box for my dishwasher is on the wall near the floor directly behind where my dishwasher will be located.

Now that I've been looking at installation manuals for a bunch of dishwashers I see that specify that the box be in an adjacent cabinet...

Can anyone expound on the reasining for this? Is it a safety issue or just a space issue?

Since my electrical box is flush with the wall, I could theoretically (Option A) put a cover on it and run a wire to another box in the adjacent cabinet. Only thing is that that seems a little silly, since I could also just (Option B) run the line right out of the electrical box into the dishwasher.

I'm not going to be able to run another supply so if anyone can give me their thoughts on the best way to deal with this I would be extremely appreciative.


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Old 05-10-2010, 05:53 AM   #2
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I'd just plug the d/w into the box you have, but you might want to do it with a plug instead of hard-wired. Make the cord a little extra long and you can pull the dishwasher out if necessary.

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Often, dishwashers are hardwired, no box with a plug. I suspect the reasoning behind no box behind the DW is they need all the space behind them that is available. If you use a flat(right angle) wall plug, it might work.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:38 AM   #4
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I believe the reasoning, at least with a cord & plug connected dishwasher, is that you should be able to disconnect the power to the DW without having to pull it out from the cabinets.
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