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Electrical Wiring for a Dishwasher and Disposal Outlet
How to Wire a Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal Outlet: The Most Common Problem with Dishwasher and Disposal Outlets and How to Fix Them
Guide to Wiring a Disposal Switch and Outlet and How to Fix Them
- While replacing these devices, I’ve managed to lose power to the dishwasher.
- The disposal, which is plugged into thee top or bottom of a receptacle, gets electricity, but the dishwasher which is plugged into the same receptacle, does not.
- I did not change the receptacle under the counter so I’ve mis-wired somewhere above the counter.
- I have the following electrical above the counter:
- Light switch.
- Garbage disposal switch right of sink.
- GFI line right of sink and GFI Load and Line left of sink.
- The dishwasher is right of sink as well.
This home electric wiring question came from: Lisa, from Seattle, Washington.
Thanks for your electrical question Lisa.
How to Wire a Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal Outlet
Application: Wiring a Garbage Disposal Switch and Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the location of the garbage disposal outlet and the available access for the electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
The Most Common Problem with Dishwasher and Disposal Outlets and How to Fix Them
- Wiring a Disposal Switch and Outlet
- My first thought about this question is that you should swap the dishwasher and the disposal plugs, because there is a good possibility that the wiring for each of those plugs has been changed up at the disposal switch at the counter top location.
- In most cases, the garbage disposal and dishwasher are on the same electrical circuit, each of which are plugged into the duplex receptacle outlet which is located under the sink.
- As you will see on the visual wiring diagrams, there is a duplex receptacle with two outlets under the sink. One of the outlets is controlled by the switch at the counter top to operate the garbage disposal.
- Wiring a Dishwasher Outlet
- As described in the same wiring diagram, the other outlet of the duplex receptacle under the sink remains hot all the time for the dishwasher.
- To help you understand how the wiring of the garbage disposal and the dishwasher I have placed links to the visual wiring diagrams below.
Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher Wiring
- Fully explained dishwasher disposal and wiring diagrams with pictures for wiring the outlet that serves a dishwasher and a garbage disposal.
- One very important element can be easily overlooked as you will see in these pictures.
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GFCI and GFI Wiring Diagrams
- The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.
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