A dishwasher can be expensive and having someone else install it for you can add quite a bit to the cost. To save yourself some cash you might want to consider installing your dishwasher yourself and to help you do that, we have put together some simple dishwasher installation instructions. Follow these tips and you can save yourself some money.
The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off the power to the dishwasher and turn off the water supply. Once you’ve done that you can disconnect the dishwasher supply line which is the line that brings water to the dishwasher. Then disconnect the drain hose which is the hose that takes waste water away from the dishwasher.
Remove the kick plate on the bottom of the dishwasher to get access to the electrical connections. The electrical connections will usually be in a small box on the right side of the dishwasher. Making sure the power is off, remove the wire nuts and disconnect the ground wire then disconnect the white and the black wires.
Next, remove the screws that secure the dishwasher to the countertop. Pull the dishwasher out, being careful with the water and waste lines that run through the cabinet. Now you can bring in your new dishwasher. You’ll have to remove the kick plate of the new dishwasher as well to get access to the electoral box. Connect the water lines to your new dishwasher, you will need about 6 feet of tubing and a 3/8 inch compression nut to go on the end of the water line.
After you have connected the water line you’ll need to measure the height of the opening your dishwasher will go into. You can adjust the legs of the dishwasher so that it will fit into the opening. Feed the water and wastewater lines through the hole in the cabinet and move the dishwasher into place. Before the dishwasher is installed completely, take any slack out of the lines to prevent them from kinking.
Now you can slide the dishwasher all the way into the opening. Open and close the dishwasher door to make sure that it doesn’t get hung up on the cabinets. If it does not open and close smoothly you may need to adjust the legs on the dishwasher little more. Now you can connect the hot water line. Once your connections are secure you can turn on the water.
Now you can install the drain hose to the garbage disposal using a drain clamp. Be sure to make a loop in the drain hose to help the water drain properly and to help prevent water from collecting in the bottom of your dishwasher. Now it’s time to make your electrical connections. Push the wires through the hole in the back and then replace the lock nut to hold the wires in place. Attach the ground wire to the green screw, then connect the white wire to the white wire and the black wire to the black wire and replace the protective cover.
Now you can turn the power back on and run a test. Make sure the water supply, waste water, and electrical connections are all working properly. At this point you’re just about finished and all you need to do is install the screws that secure the dishwasher to the countertop to hold the dishwasher in place.
Installing a dishwasher is not a very difficult job but it can be difficult following instructions on a webpage that has no images or visual aids. Therefore, you may want to look at this video so you can actually see how things are being done.