4 Easy steps to install a dishwasher

Dishwashers are a great addition to have in a modern home. It can save you a lot of time, especially with the busy life styles we all have today. There are many types of dishwashers and the newer models can actually be very economical. So if you have decided to install a dishwasher, simply follow these 4 easy steps.

Step 1 Before you install a dishwasher, measure the space to find out what size you should buy. Most dishwashers are 24 inches wide and 34 inches high. You will need to make sure you have a power source. If you don’t, you will need an electrician to install a source. Make sure that there is a waste pipe for the dishwasher waste. The best way is to have the waste run into the sink waste trap. This can be done by fitting an appliance half trap to the existing waste trap. Make sure that there is a water supply. The water supply needs to have an isolation valve fitted to it. Finally make sure that there is no fittings directly where the dishwasher is going to be fitted. The dishwasher will need to be pushed all the way in against the wall so that it sits flush with the cabinet doors.

Step 2 Cut a hole in the cabinet wall near the bottom with a power drill and hole saw. Feed the waste and water supply hose through the hole. Run the electrical supply cable to its supply. Don’t connect the pipes or the electrical supply!

Step 3 Push the dishwasher into place and adjust the feet until the dishwasher is level and is at the correct height. Check the instruction manual for specifications.  A good way to check if level is to open and close the door; it will operate smoothly if the dishwasher is level. The mounting brackets for the dishwasher should be aligned with the underside of the counter top and the side of the cabinet. Fix the mounting bracket using the supplied screws. 

Step 4 Connect the waste to the appliance half trap using a hose clip. You may need to cut the pipe if it is too long. Switch the water supply on and check for leaks.  Plug the power supply cord into an electrical outlet installed. Run the dishwasher through a test cycle to make sure it works properly. 

Some helpful tips: Before you start to install a dishwasher you will need to turn off or disconnect the water and electrical supply that you will be working on. Safety first! Have a bucket ready to catch the excess water from the drain hose when removing an old dishwasher. Have a towel ready to mop up excess water. Use a level to ensure that the dishwasher is level. Read the instructions before you begin to install  a dishwasher to ensure that you get the installation right the first time. Mistakes can be expensive.

Are you unsure about any of these steps and need a plumber to install your dish washer?

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