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How to Install a Dishwasher

Installing a new dishwasher is a task you can do yourself in most cases.

 Tools list:
· Phillips-head screwdriver
· Slip-joint pliers
· Adjustable wrench

Recommended Parts-

  • Dishwasher Install Kit    (See Below)     


Installation Steps-
Measure the existing dishwasher and buy a new one of the same size.  
· If you have the old dishwasher out when the delivery people drop off the new unit, they might take the old one away for you.
Remove the old dishwasher-

  1. Shut off the water at the closest valve and turn off the power for the dishwasher at the circuit breaker box.

  2. Remove the attaching screws at the top of the dishwasher counter flange.

  3. Remove the retaining screws and take off the bottom cover.

  4. Open the electrical box to confirm that the current has been turned off. Attach the black multimeter contact to the ground wire, then touch the red contact to the black wire and the white wire.

  5. Remove the wires from the terminal screws. Attach wire nuts to the ends of the wires and tuck them out of the way.

  6. Locate the water supply under the washer. Remove the nut and disconnect the water line. Then bend the water line out of the way.

  7. Disconnect the dishwasher drain hose from beneath the sink by loosening the clamp and removing the hose. You'll have a cup or so of water to catch, depending on the situation.   (A shop vac comes in handy here.)

  8. Make sure no other attachments are holding the dishwasher in place. Then place a blanket in front of the dishwasher and slowly work the dishwasher out of the cabinet and onto the blanket.


Install the new dishwasher -
  1. Place the new washer on its back and connect the drain hose with a compression clamp.

  2. Wrap Teflon tape around the water line connection and attach the dishwasher 90 (the 90-degree brass fitting for connecting the water line).

  3. Set the dishwasher upright, thread the water line under the sink and attach it to the hot water valve.

  4. Get an assistant to help slide the drain hose under the sink and into position as you slide the unit into place.

  5. Underneath the dishwasher, connect the water line to the inlet fitting on the valve.

  6. Slide the electrical cable through the retaining sleeve on the dishwasher and tighten the sleeve to prevent the cable from being pulled out. Connect the ground wire to the green screw, then attach the wires by connecting white to white and black to black. Secure the connections with wire nuts.

  7. Attach the new drain hose where the old one was attached.

  8. Open the hot water valve to fill the water line and test for leaks.

  9. Raise and level the dishwasher by adjusting the dishwasher legs. Attach the dishwasher to the countertop by driving small screws through the flange. Install the bottom cover, then tighten the cover screws.

  10. Turn on the power and test the dishwasher by running it and checking for leaks.


Dishwasher Installation Kit- Everything to connect your Dishwasher to the water line

This kit will add a professional touch to an otherwise ordinary job.

        Kit Contains:

 6-Ft Braided Stainless Steel Water Line  (3/8" Compression fitting)

 3/8"-   Compression L-Fitting (fits on water valve)

 3/8" -  "T" Fitting (for tapping 3/8" copper lines)

 Spool- Teflon Tape

 Wire Nuts (2)

 Wood Screws (2)



Sale Price- $19.95





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