Installing a new dishwasher can be a bit intimidating, but once you know the steps there’s no stress involved. All it takes is some elbow grease and a little determination, and soon those dish pan hands will be no more!
First, turn off the water. The last thing you need is a king-sized mess on your hands! Test the hot water by using the faucet, just to make sure it’s off.
Next, turn off the power to the outlet using your circuit breaker to avoid injury. Test the outlet, as well.
2. Water Supply:
Install a dual outlet valve, attaching one outlet to the dishwasher, and another to the sink’s hot water.
Now you need to attach the water supply line to the dishwasher. Check with your manufacturer for details, as different dishwashers will require different installations. Regardless, you will need to install an elbow bend pipe to the inlet, which you should thread with Teflon tape. Make sure it’s tight! You don’t want any leakage.
The next step in installing your new dishwasher is to attach a drainpipe. Make sure that the drain pipe arch is higher than the drain inlet to keep it from overflowing during use.
3. Electrical Wiring:
Attach the wires from the dishwasher to the electrical box in this order:
Black to Black
White to White
Green to Ground Screw
Do your best to ensure no wiring or tubing is crushed or bent in the wiring process. Any crimping can damage the internal wiring and cause an immediate wiring issue and long term damage to the dishwasher. Faulty wiring can even cause a fire. It is imperative that you check and double check the wiring, and make sure that all wires are coiled or bundled neatly, not bent or crimped.
4. Finishing Steps:
Slide the dishwasher into its designated cupboard space. Ensure that it is level, and install the face plate.
Turn on the water and power, and give your new washer a test run. If there are any leaks turn off the power and water immediately, and check the problem areas. Perhaps you need to tighten the outlet valve or drain line. If there is an overflow inside of the dishwasher, it may be that your drain pipe is not mounted high enough. Also, check to make sure that the dishwasher is level.
5. Wash Those Dishes!
Now that you dishwasher is up and running, all that’s left is putting it to use. In only a few simple steps you were able to install your own dishwasher. Good job on your successful installation, and happy cleaning!