Accessing most dishwasher parts requires opening an access panel on the bottom of the machine, before lifting up its front feet to raise it to counter height and then unzipping its bottom access panel.
Before feeding it through the panel opening, loosen the cable clamp securing the power cord to its junction box and feed it through its opening.
Installing a dishwasher requires connecting its water source, drain hose and power cord to it. For best results it is advised that these connections be made easily from within the cabinet if possible; and as leak prevention measures it would be wise to use stainless steel braided supply lines that specifically cater for dishwashers.
Locate the inlet opening of your dishwasher. This should be a round opening that resembles a threaded connector and either male or female threads depending on which water line type needs to be connected to it.
Secure the water supply line to the inlet of the dishwasher, taking care not to compress or kink it. Turn on the water source, test your dishwasher, and make sure no leaks occur; if any do, tightening may be required by turning the valve clockwise.
Dishwasher drain hose placement is vital to ensure that dirty water from sink and garbage disposal drains doesn’t recirculate back into the dishwasher or back up to freshwater sources. Most building codes stipulate some sort of siphon break – either an air gap device that mounts onto sink or countertop drain line loop or high loop in its drain line can serve this purpose.
Start by pulling back the drain hose several inches to form a high loop, and slide the smaller end of the dishwasher hose onto the larger side of an air gap mounted to either your countertop or sink deck, connecting to a Y-branch tailpiece on your sink drain, before tightening its clamps securely to complete this step.
Once your hose connections are secure, run a drainage cycle to test for proper connection and drainage. This will also give you an opportunity to double-check that all connections are tight and free from leakage.
Before installing your dishwasher, it is necessary to complete a series of electrical and plumbing connections. Be sure that both the circuit breaker and water supply have been shut off, before disconnecting your old drain hose from sink pipe or garbage disposal and routing new one nearby your machine.
Once your dishwasher is on its back, remove its front access panel for easier access to its junction box – a square metal box containing wires coming to it – by unscrewing its cover and opening it, feeding three exposed power cord wires through its round hole into it.
Connect the black hot wire to the black dishwasher lead, while connecting the white neutral wire to its white dishwasher lead using a wire connector or crimping tool, before tightening all connections using a junction box cover and replacing. Make sure that your dishwasher is on its own electrical circuit so as to avoid risks associated with overheating or fire hazards caused by other major appliances like refrigerators and ovens.
Dishwashers are labor-saving appliances that save on utility costs while simultaneously keeping dishes spotlessly clean. If you have the space, install it correctly so it works optimally; read and follow any relevant appliance manuals prior to proceeding with installation.
Shut off your house water supply valve located beneath your sink, and disconnect the existing dishwasher’s water supply tube from its hot-water valve nipple by turning it counterclockwise with a wrench. Cut old tubing from its connector before installing a 1/2-inch flexible copper line from its cabinet directly to your kitchen’s main water source using either a tube-bending spring or plumber’s tool for shaping purposes as necessary.
Connect the new dishwasher’s water supply hose and route its drain hose directly from it to either your garbage disposer or sink drain, before taking steps to make its electrical connections according to the diagram provided in your user manual.