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Question DetailsAsked on 8/26/2015

nedd to add a 220w electric power outlet

I'm buying a counter top dishwasher that needs a 220w outlet???

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I presume, since countertop unit, this is a 110/120V device ? If 220/240V the plug will not fit in a standard outlet, if 110/120V will have standard 3-wire plug.

So you need a minimal standard 120V power connection, with GFCI protection. An ordinary kitchen countertop outlet can be used provided you do not max out that circuit with heavy demand items in simultaneous use like microwave or toaster - but your unit only pulls about 2 amps on a typically 15 or 20 amp circuit, so not a major load.

If for some reason you cannot use the regular counter outlets or they are not GFCI protected (should be) electrician can change to GFCI for about $95-170 parts and materials combined - adding a totally new circuit will likely run more like $300-500 range (plus a couple to a few hundred drywall repair and painting possibly) depending on whether you have easy exposed joist access in attic or basement/crawlspace to run the wires through. An easier solution, if your kitchen already has a dishwasher outlet under the sink, is to use that or have him relocate or tap off that for this use - probably around $150-250 range.

You may need an adapter or a special connection for the plumbing - some faucets have an aerator that can be unscrewed and the hose attached to it, but many cycles of that and the threads will probably be botched, plus the threads on sink faucets are usually very short so leak easy, so is usually better to have a special connection hooked up for you to connect to. Check installation instructions that come with it. Cost for a plumber to do this typically $100-150 range, plus with a dedicated faucet you might be able to just leave it connected all the time and turn off the fauceet to it when not in use, if it is going to sit on your countertop all the time.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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