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tom
New Dishwasher

I just installed a new Dishwasher in a home bult in 2001.    When taking out the old unit and disconecting the wiring i notices a light switch box was installed in the line just before connecting to the Old Washer.  Seeing how the Line had it own breaker (it seammed) I removed the switch.  When installing the new washer with the breaker off I got a slight shock and Poped the GFCI outlet up above the counter top.  Not thinking twice about it i finished hooking up the new Washer (Reminder  the light switch was removed) I fliped the breaker and no power.  I hit the reset on the GFCI and power is restored to the new Washer!!   A couple days pass and I go to make a cup of coffee and there it is the Outlet no longer works.  Not the GFCI outlet but 1 of 3 that I beleive are on the GFCI's line.  So my first thought was to replace the GFCI outlet as it would not reset or pop if i hit Test.  Replaced GFCI and that did not do the trick it still is tripped and will not reset.  

I think When I took out the LIght switch under the old Dish washer it did something to the line that I was not aware of.  And being and Idiot I threw out the out setup :(.   So if I reinstall a switch I am not sure how it was wired.  I have one line coming to the dishwasher but I assume up in the wall there is a junction box that I am not seeing that the power splits off of one going to the Disn washer and One heading to the GFCI outline and the 3 outlets after it.  

 Attached is a picture of the switch before I removed it should have taken one with the cover off also :(.   Line on the left is seporate of an outlet on the side of the cabinets. 

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. 

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tom
Re: New Dishwasher

  Attached is a picture of the switch before I removed it should have taken one with the cover off also :(.   Line on the left is seporate of an outlet on the side of the cabinets. 

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: New Dishwasher

Tom,

A dishwasher should be on its own circuit. If it were me, I would remove that switch and if that is not the circuit for the dishwasher, pull a dedicated circuit for it. You must provide a disconecting means for the dishwasher. I use a pilot light switch for mine. And another pilot light switch for the disposer. Now I have a means of disconnecting either if I have to every pull them out, or have to work on something else under the sink.

It is most likely that switch was being used for both devices. That is where starting over with greatly pay off in the long run. Without knowing, I cannot give advice. Use an electrical meter and identify all devices attached to that circuit. Move the location of the switch, it must be securely fastened to some type of structure. It cannot hang lose like that.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

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