How To Install A Dishwasher
Self-installation in a few simple steps.
Posted 17:47 August 10, 2023
Last Updated 17:47 August 10, 2023
Installing a new dishwasher involves several steps to ensure that it is properly connected and functions safely. Keep in mind that these instructions are meant to be a general guide, and it's important to follow the manufacturer's specific instructions provided in the dishwasher's manual. Additionally, if you're not comfortable with plumbing and electrical work, consider hiring a professional to install the dishwasher for you.
Here's a general outline of how to install a new dishwasher:
Tools and Materials You'll Need:
- New dishwasher
- Adjustable wrench
- Screwdriver (Phillips and flathead)
- Pipe wrench (if needed)
- Dishwasher installation kit (usually provided by the manufacturer)
- Teflon tape
- Safety goggles and gloves
Step-by-Step Installation Process:
1. Prepare the Area:
- Turn off the power to the dishwasher and the water supply under the sink.
- Clear out the space under the countertop where the dishwasher will be installed.
2. Disconnect Old Dishwasher (If Applicable):
- If you're replacing an old dishwasher, disconnect and remove it. Follow the reverse of these steps to disconnect.
3. Check the New Dishwasher:
- Read the manufacturer's installation manual to become familiar with the specific requirements for your model.
4. Prepare the Water Supply:
- Locate the hot water supply line under the sink. If there isn't already a shutoff valve for the dishwasher, you might need to install one.
- Connect the water supply line from the dishwasher to the hot water supply valve. Use the dishwasher installation kit, which often includes a flexible hose and necessary fittings. Use Teflon tape on the threads to prevent leaks.
5. Prepare the Drain Line:
- Locate the dishwasher's drain line connection point, usually on the sink's drain line or garbage disposal.
- Connect the dishwasher's drain hose using the provided hose clamp. Make sure the hose is secured and elevated to prevent backflow.
6. Secure the Dishwasher:
- Adjust the dishwasher's feet to level it and align it with the countertop. Use a level to ensure it's perfectly horizontal.
7. Secure the Dishwasher to the Cabinet:
- Open the dishwasher door and fasten the mounting brackets to the underside of the countertop.
- Secure the dishwasher to the cabinet using screws provided in the installation kit.
8. Connect the Electrical Wiring:
- If you're comfortable with electrical work, follow your dishwasher's manual to connect the electrical wiring. This usually involves connecting the wires from the dishwasher to a dedicated circuit using wire nuts or connectors.
9. Test for Leaks:
- Slowly turn on the water supply valve and check for any leaks around the water supply and drain connections. If you see any leaks, turn off the water and make necessary adjustments.
10. Final Checks:
- Double-check all connections and ensure they are secure.
- Plug in the dishwasher and restore power.
- Run a test cycle to ensure the dishwasher is working properly.
Always prioritize safety during installation. If you're unsure about any step of the installation process, consult the manufacturer's manual or consider hiring us here at All Trades to ensure a proper and safe installation. We service Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and most parts of Clark County Nevada.