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    Default Does a Dishwasher need it's own dedicated circuit?

    I have a dedicated 20 amp circuit in my kitchen meant for a dishwasher.

    Can I run an electrical outlet off that same circuit? I live in Mass if that makes a difference in regards to code?

    Ideally i would like to run an AC unit in the summer off that outlet but I can understand if this is not feasible.

    Would it be better to jump off a counter top GFI to create the new outlet?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Does a Dishwasher need it's own dedicated circuit?

    Somehow I doubt you can power an A/C unit off those circuits but your building inspections department would answer that.

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    Default Re: Does a Dishwasher need it's own dedicated circuit?

    in your kitchen, i live in mass also, you need one circuit for the dishwasher (at least 15 amp), one circuit for the disposal (20 amp), one for the fridge (20 amp), one for an installed microwave (20 amp) like over the stove, and those are dedicated to those appliances, end of story. you can run another line to get an additional outlet in the kitchen off of an existing outlet if you want, just don't take anything from the dishwasher, disposal, fridge or microwave. the dedicated microwave circuit does not apply to countertop models.

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    Smile Re: Does a Dishwasher need it's own dedicated circuit?

    Thanks for the feedback all!

    Very much appreciated!

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    Default Re: Does a Dishwasher need it's own dedicated circuit?

    Quote Originally Posted by MLBSF View Post
    in your kitchen, i live in mass also, you need one circuit for the dishwasher (at least 15 amp), one circuit for the disposal (20 amp), one for the fridge (20 amp), one for an installed microwave (20 amp) like over the stove, and those are dedicated to those appliances, end of story. .
    All of the above is not quite true.

    In many cases the DW and disp can share a 20 amp circuit.
    DW can be on a sep 15 amp circuit.
    Disp can be on a sep 15 amp circuit.
    Micro (not a counter unit) can be on a sep 15 amp circuit.

    The fridge can be on a sep 15 amp circuit, sep 20 amp circuit, or connected to the circuit that supplies counter use receptacles.

    As for the original topic. The AC dirctions will probably call for a seperate circuit feeding the unit.

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