A dishwasher can be an invaluable labour-saving appliance and energy and water saver. Proper installation of your dishwasher is key to ensure it doesn’t leak or cause other issues.
Beginning by placing the dishwasher on its back and connecting its 90-degree fitting to the water source. Your new drain hose may already have been included with it – connect this first (Photo 11). Next, disconnect its power cord from its terminal box cover and remove it completely from its packaging.
Before installing, first remove any shipping materials such as cardboard or styrofoam from your new dishwasher. Save any wood runners included with it as shims; check that its dimensions fit your cabinet opening; if necessary, adjust its front leveling legs for optimal alignment.
Before installing the dishwasher, switch off electricity via its circuit breaker and water via the valve under your sink. For your own safety, use work gloves when handling hot water and electrical wires.
Install the power cord according to the instructions found in your product manual, attach the drain hose, and route it under your sink as instructed by its manufacturer. Connect three wires within a junction box using twist-on wire connectors (or wire nuts); green ground wire should connect to green grounding screw, white neutral wire should connect with white lead while black hot wire must go directly into black lead lead of dishwasher.
Follow the dishwasher manufacturer’s instructions for an efficient installation. Connect power and water, before screwing the unit directly to your countertop. For added safety, have someone help hold its sides while sliding it in place.
Drain hoses must fit snugly over either your sink’s tail pipe or garbage disposal unit, depending on manufacturer specifications. Secure it using a hose clamp; some models require you to loop it around the sink drain in order to prevent backflow of dirty water into clean dishwasher drain water.
For power supply, remove the front access panel from under your sink and connect wires to a terminal box using a ratchet. Tighten all electrical connections using a wrench slowly in increments so as to avoid stripping threads and prevent stripping threads from stripping off their threads. After making all connections successfully, run your dishwasher through its cycle to make sure everything works as it should be.
As a dishwasher uses both electricity and water, its installation must adhere to certain rules in order to protect you and others in your household. First and foremost, make sure both power (at the circuit breaker) and water (at the valve under your sink) is turned off before drilling holes in the cabinet between where you plan to install your new appliance and where its drain pipe connects with either garbage disposal or sink drain pipe.
Use the holes to route a new power cord and drain hose, with strain reliefs attached if applicable, using wire nuts to attach them securely. Connect three wires as directed – green grounding wire (if applicable), black appliance wire to black dishwasher lead cord cord, and white appliance wire from appliance to white dishwasher lead cord cord.
Connect a 90 degree elbow fitting to the water valve port, making sure to include a rubber washer. Attach the water supply hose, and tie off below its connection point so as to prevent flooding or siphoning of water supply.
Dishwashers are labor-saving appliances that can make life easier in the kitchen. When properly installed, they’re safe and energy-efficient alternatives to handwashing dishes – especially when properly installed by professionals. Successful installation requires careful preparation and planning ahead. Before undertaking this project, be aware of any rules or regulations which might exist to protect both your home and your new appliance’s warranty.
Before beginning, disconnect the existing dishwasher using its circuit breaker and turn off water supply at its nearest valve (usually under the sink). Prepare a drop sheet or cardboard, as well as paper towels and bowl for mopping up any leakage of liquid from spillage.
Remove and disconnect any lower access panels or panels on your current dishwasher as well as insulation, then open and remove its cover plate to identify its wire connections. Next, connect your new dishwasher’s wires by color to those found on the existing one – white to white, and black to black – before replacing its junction box cover plate.