The electrical wiring required for the GE Profile dishwasher is no different than the electrical wiring required by any other make of dishwasher. A 120-volt, 20-ampere ground-fault circuit-interrupter-protected receptacle circuit, or GFCI circuit, that supplies no other loads is required by the National Electrical Code. The GE Profile dishwasher, like all dishwashers, is cord-and-plug-connected, with the plug acting as the safety disconnect.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flat-blade screwdriver
- 3/8-inch, 5/16-inch and 1/4-inch nut drivers
- Wire strippers
- Power cord
- Wire nuts
Remove the cover from the electrical connection box on bottom of the dishwasher unit, using a nut driver. Slip the power cord through the cable restraint and secure it in place by tightening the two clamping screws. Remove ½ inches of insulation from the ends of the cord's black, white and green insulated wires with the wire strippers.
Connect the black and white wires in the power cord to the black and white dishwasher leads. Hold the stripped ends of the matching colored wires side by side and screw on a wire nut to each wire. Use the same technique to the connect the green cord wire to the unit's green ground lead.
Check to make sure that no bare wire shows from beneath the wire nuts. If any bare copper shows outside the wire nuts, remove the wire nut and cut the stripped ends back appropriately. Replace the wire nut and check again for any bare copper that may show outside the wire nut. Repeat until no bare copper shows. Tug on the wires to make sure they are securely held together by the wire nuts before replacing the connection box cover.
Plug the power cord into its dedicated 120-volt, 20-ampere receptacle after installing the dishwasher unit.
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not have a GFCI-protected receptacle and don't feel confident installing one yourself, hire a professional electrician to install one before installing your new dishwasher.
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