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I am trying to attach electrical cord to new dishwasher. The cord only seems to have the green wire in a colored sheath. Does it matter which wire on the cord goes to which color in the dishwasher?

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YES it does. Green goes to ground or bare copper wire, white goes to white, and black goes to black.

Posted on Apr 02, 2011

  • Marko Krautz Oct 21, 2012

    Not helpfu as I have same problem; Power cord has three wires and ground is only one that is marked so there is no way to identify which should go to white and black as the wires on cord are same color

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