If your dishwasher is nearing the end of its life or you’re just looking for an upgrade, you’re going to want to stick around. Installing your own dishwasher might sound like a daunting task but it’s actually really easy. If you know me you know I refuse to pay someone to fix things in our house. When our dinosaur of a dishwasher died, we didn’t want to pay someone $150 to install it for us.
With a little bit of self-educating a few choice words and YouTube, I got that sucker installed. However, with this post and a little bit of your own research, you too will be able to install a dishwasher.
Where to Start
The first step to installing a dishwasher is finding the dishwasher you want. We went with the stainless steel GE Adora top control washer that we found at The Home Depot. We really like this dishwasher because it’s quiet and does a great job of cleaning the dishes. One of the reasons we got it is for the third rack it has up top. The third rack is great for Tucker’s bottle tops, knives and other small objects.
Once we chose the dishwasher we wanted and had it delivered, it was time to install it. Before you buy a dishwasher, make sure you measure the space you are going to put it in. Most dishwashers are about the same size but you wouldn’t want to buy one that’s too big for the space you are putting it in.
How To Install A Dishwasher
This might seem ridiculous but the first thing you need to do is unpack the dishwasher. For the one we got, it came wrapped in plastic and it was sitting on a pallet. The reason I mention this step is because the feet of the dishwasher were screwed through the pallet. I took the feet all the way off to detach it from the pallet. The second obvious but important step is to remove the old dishwasher. Now that we have the obvious steps out-of-the-way let’s get into the details.
Step 1: Level the dishwasher
I thought it would be a good idea to level the dishwasher before I got everything hooked up. The feet on the dishwasher are height adjustable by turning them to the left or right. I set my level on top and adjusted the height and levelness before I did anything else.
Step 2: Install the Drain Line
This is a crucial step because all that water inside the dishwasher has to go somewhere. My dishwasher had the drain line connected to the washer when it arrived. All I had to do was run it through the hole in the cabinet and connect it to the garbage disposal under the sink. This was a really easy step.
Step 3: Connecting the Water Supply
With the drain line step completed it is time to hook up the water supply line. After all, what good is a dishwasher if there isn’t any water hooked up to it? My dishwasher came with two different fittings for the water supply hose. I ended up using a 90 degree elbow for this connection. The water supply connection was located on the bottom of the dishwasher. Once the fitting was installed I ran the water supply hose from under the sink to the dishwasher and connected it to the fitting. At this point, I have water going to the appliance and a place for it to leave the appliance.
Step 4: Connecting Power
My Dishwasher came with a power cord that wasn’t attached. One end looked like a standard 3 prong plugin and the other was loose wires. I won’t lie, I struggled with this step. It wasn’t the connecting of the wires that was difficult; it was finding where to connect the wires. The spot where I connected the wires was behind a panel on the bottom front of the machine. Once I found the wire to connect the power cord to, it was simply a game of matching colors and connecting them with wire nuts and electrical tape.
Step 5: Slide in Place and Attach to Counter
With everything connected, it is time to slide the dishwasher into place. Before I could do this, my dishwasher had some black rubber pieces that went around the outside of the machine. This was to hide any gaps between the surrounding cabinets and the dishwasher. They were kind of a pain in the A** to put on but I got them. One thing to remember is that when you are sliding it into place, don’t forget to move all the hoses and power cords out-of-the-way in the back. Once the dishwasher is in the right place, use the brackets that come with the dishwasher to secure it to the countertop with screws.
Let’s Wrap This Up
When all is said and done you will be happy you didn’t pay someone to install this for you. I think it took me all of an hour and a half to complete this and I saved myself over $100. With the cost of appliances continuing to rise, who really wants to spend extra money to have such a simple job done for them? Just remember you are more than capable of doing this type of stuff yourself if you do some research beforehand. Now I am curious, has anyone else installed their own dishwasher and if so how did it go? Let me know in the comments below!
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