Dishwasher installation may seem like a daunting task, but with some basic plumbing skills, most people will be able to accomplish it in one to two hours. The guide below will take you through the basic step by step procedures.
Dishwasher Installation Kit
Here are the hoses and connections you will need for your dishwasher installation
Step 1 – Attach power
Attaching The Electrical Cord Before you start, you will need to turn your dishwasher either on its side or upside down. Be careful not to scratch or drop the dishwasher, and enlist a helper for this part if necessary. Once you have done this, you will be able to access the necessary parts in the base of the dishwasher. To attach the electrical cord, first remove the casing. Your manual will help you locate this. Use wire nuts and electrical tape to securely attach the cord and replace the case.
Step 2 – Connecting The Water Supply
The first step in connecting your dishwasher to a water supply is installing the “dishwasher 90”. This connector kit should come included with the fittings for your dishwasher. The dishwasher 90 will need to be connected to the water inlet (refer to the manual). Apply pipe joint compound around the edges of the dishwasher 90 to create a waterproof seal, and then insert it into the water inlet. Make sure it is securely fitted by tightening with pliers.
Attaching The Water Supply Line
Attach the water supply line – which should have come inclusive with the dishwasher – to the dishwasher 90. Check that the connection is watertight and secure, to avoid leaks. Put Dishwasher Into Place Once the water supply line has been fitted, you can slide your dishwasher back into place. If possible, get someone to help you return the dishwasher to an upright position, to avoid unwanted knocks or damage to the machine. If you are placing your dishwasher beneath a kitchen counter, be careful not to push the appliance right up against the wall.
Secure The Dishwasher
Should you need to raise the dishwasher so that it is in line with the height of the counter, unscrew the legs and adjust them to the required height.
To prevent excessive vibration, which can damage the machine in the long term, you should always attach your dishwasher securely to the cabinet. The brackets for this are normally accessed by opening the front of the dishwasher. Fasten the dishwasher into place, using the recommended screws provided by the manufacturer.
Connecting The Water Supply
Attach the water supply line to the water supply valve. In most homes, this will be located under the kitchen sink. It is highly recommended that you check for leaks at this point, both at the water supply valve and where the line is connected to the dishwasher 90. This can prevent your kitchen flooding at a later stage.
Connecting The Drain Line
Locate the drain line – this looks like a rubber tube. You will need to connect this to a drain inlet and secure it with a hose clamp. This may be under your kitchen sink or connected to a garbage disposal.
Test Your Dishwasher
Plug your dishwasher into the mains, and run a dummy wash. You should opt for a full cycle, to maximize the likelihood of locating any unwanted issues such as leaks or improper drainage. If no problems are evident, attach the face plate to the front of the dishwasher.
Your installation is now complete.
(The images in this post are courtesy of The Home Depot.)
There you have it, your complete dishwasher installation tested and good to go!
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