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Answered 2012-08-17 23:32:47

Dishwashers do not have to be on a dedicated circuit, according to NEC codes. Neither do refrigerators. Electric Ranges and OTR Microwave Hoods and Hood Fans do.

First, always ascertain the appliances that will be in the room and regularly used, and calculate their wattage or look it up in the specs found on the appliance or in its manual.

The dishwasher issue is a falsehood espoused by many kitchen designers, home inspectors and electricians who have apparently substituted their own opinions as being code. I just read all of the applicable NEC codes. They are readily available for purchase or for free at your local library. Consulting it yourself is the best bet. It does not specify a dedicated circuit for the dishwasher. It can be on a branch circuit for the kitchen, but if it's sharing the circuit with other appliances, then it must not use more than 50% of a branch circuit's load capacity. So that in effect creates a dedicated circuit requirement IF your circuit is a 15 amp circuit. If it's a 20 amp, you may have capacity room for a small load appliance such as the disposal or refrigerator, depending on load calculations (Volts x Amps = Watts (Load). But if you use a 30 amp or higher circuit capacity, then you can comply with code much easier if other small appliances are on it. NEC 210.23

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