National Electrical Installation Standards

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Friday, April 6, 2018


Do I need to install gfci protection if I replace a dishwasher?  The dishwasher circuit is existing and is a receptacle under the sink next to the dishwasher and met previous editions of the code.

Thanks, Zach



Hey Zach thanks for your question. Because you are not installing the outlet for the dishwasher the NEC does not specifically require that GFCI protection is provided if a dishwasher is replaced. Keep in mind that the reason GFCI protection was added in 210.8(D) was to reduce the likelihood of fires that resulted from end-of-life failures in household dishwashers. Providing GFCI protection even if not required can help prevent fires at a small cost.

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