Replacing our dishwasher was real simple, the toughest part for us was making sure we had it level once installed. Our dishwasher was standard size, 24 inches wide…thankfully, we didn’t need to alter our cabinets for installation. We installed a GE Dishwasherand it’s been great.But, before I get to the tutorial…let me show you a beautiful inspiring kitchen…one worth dreaming of…and I’m crossing my fingers we get there someday!!!
DIY Kitchen Makeover: Installing a Dishwasher
To install our dishwasher, first we shutoff the hot water valve under the sink and turned the kitchen power off. Safety first, right! Place an old rug or blanket underneath the dishwasher to protect the floor. Then, unscrew the lower panel from the dishwasher and you will see the water and electrical connections. Stud always tests the electrical wires, double checking that the power is totally off!
Our dishwasher had an electrical line leading to the main electrical source. The wires were not contained in an electrical box…instead they were laying on the ground under the dishwasher…so not good! We decided for our peace of mind, the safest route was definitely to install a plug and cord rather than hard wiring the dishwasher.
The drain line is the flexible hose clamped to the garbage disposal under the sink. We made sure our old dishwasher was completely empty before removing the drain line. Keep a towel handy just in case! Don’t reuse the old drain line, install a new one that comes with your dishwasher. This new line will attach from the dishwasher to a plug on your garbage disposal.
To slide the dishwasher out, lower the dishwasher feet. If you need more clearance, use a hacksaw blade to turn the screw out. Be sure to place a rug or cardboard under the feet so you don’t gouge the floor. Review your dishwasher’s manual and installation instructions. I had to convince Stud to do that…you know guys and instructions! Turn the dishwasher on it’s back and add the 90 degree fitting as pictured on instructions. Don’t reuse your old water supply line, your new dishwasher should come with a new one. Your water supply line will hook up to the 90 degree fitting that you installed on your dishwasher. The other end of the line hooks into your hot water valve.
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