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Code Quiz: Wiring Requirements for Dishwashers

July 16, 2020
Challenge yourself with this Code quiz.

Question: Where is a receptacle serving a household dishwasher required to be located?

See the answer below.

Answer: The receptacle must be located in the space adjacent to the space occupied by the dishwasher, not behind the dishwasher.

Explanation: Section 422.16(B)(5) of the 2020 NEC requires the receptacle to be located in the adjacent cabinet space. Language was also added in this edition to require protection for the cord where it passes through an opening in the cabinet.

Lupacchino is a senior design engineer with Gaylor Electric, Inc. in Noblesville, Ind. and serves as an alternate on NEC Code-Making Panel No. 3. He is currently licensed in more than 80 jurisdictions. He can be reached at [email protected].

About the Author

John Lupacchino | Senior Design Engineer

John began his career in electrical construction as an apprentice and worked his way through the trade. He is currently licensed in more than 80 jurisdictions. With more than 35 years of experience, he now plays a vital role in Gaylor Electric’s Engineering Department, where he serves as a senior design engineer. With a focus on design engineering, quality assurance, and code compliance, he has earned the highest level of respect from industry professionals alike. John currently serves as an alternate on NFPA 70 Code Making Panel No. 3. In addition, he enjoys sharing his electrical knowledge through education. As an Associated Builders and Contractors instructor, he continues to help grow a new generation of high-performing construction leaders.

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