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Old 03-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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Wiring a dishwasher


I have been told to run a dishwasher off a 15 amp breaker, but with most all the sites i have been too it says not to run a dishwasher off 15 amp to use a 20 amp breaker. Is it ok to use 12-2 wiring or can i run a 14-2 wire. in our current house it is a 15 amp breaker with 14-2 wire going to it and it works fine. The project that im working on right now doesnt have a dishwasher at all, I just want to make sure that one is hooked up the correct way. I also have a free spot in the breaker box so any size amp can be put in. can someone clear this up for me. So far everything in the house that im working on right now appears to be 14-2 even all the plugs in the kitchen, and if it makes any difference this is a modular home.

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Old 03-20-2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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A 15 amp circuit will work for most dishwashers. Consult the installation instructions.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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If you aren't sure, just use 12-2 wiring. It's not that much more expensive, and you can use either a 15 or 20 amp breaker with it. If you use 14-2, the max breaker you can use is 15A.
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