I recently bought my house which had a built in master chef dishwasher which I knew was well past it’s life capacity. It was discolored, ugly, louder than the highest volume level on the TV and sounded like it was destroying dishes. I was hopeful though that it would keep on working for at least a year until the finances settled, well I was wrong! I got a wonderful two months out the thing than it pissed all over the kitchen floor, I assume the pump finally died, So my loss is your gain since I made a step by step write up on how to install a dishwasher all by yourself.
Never pay for someone else to install a dishwasher especially if it’s just a direct replacement, Home depot wanted to charge me $200+ to get it installed, I would rather put that money towards something else and If i can do it so can you!
Install a dishwasher.
1. Insure that the water supplying to the dishwasher is turned off either under the sink (common placement) or if no valve is installed turn off main water supply coming into the house. If no shut off valve is installed I recommend adding one onto the hot water supply when you have the main turned off, this provides you with a close shut off in case something with the dishwasher breaks .
2. Turn off breaker on main power panel, test connection with a voltage detector to make sure power is off. Electrical connections can be very dangerous, I strongly promote getting a voltage detector to be safe I believe every DIY home owner should have one!
3. Remove bottom panel housing the mechanical parts of the dishwasher.
4. Disconnect water line using a crescent wrench or exact size wrench to remove connection, than disconnect electrical wires (hot, neutral and ground), use wire nuts to cap exposed wires just in case breaker is turned back on.
5. Remove any fasteners holding the dishwasher in place, usually two wood screws on the inside upper part of the dishwasher visible when you open up the door.
6. Pull the dishwasher out, putting something like cardboard under the floor is recommended to prevent damage to flooring. The feet are usually made of metal and can cause damage when the dishwasher is being pulled
out or pushed in.
7. Follow manufacturers instructions on removing packing materials and installing the new waterline to the bottom of the dishwasher.
8. Slide it into place, level it off using the adjustment feet on the bottom of the dishwasher. Do this until the dishwasher looks properly spaced in the opening (Left to right, top and bottom).
9. Screw in the supplied mounting screws into the brackets to secure the dishwasher to the counter top ( If stone counter top ask the supplier how to secure dishwasher to counter top.
10. Reconnect waterline to supply outlet under sink, reconnect electrical supply and turn on breaker. If the breaker trips check your connection before resetting.
11. Turn on water and check for leaks from any of the connections.
12. Turn on the dishwasher and run a cycle. Success! You have now installed your dishwasher and saved the ridiculous fee home improvement stores charge for installation!
– Crescent Wrench
– Bucket or Pail
– Electrical tester (To insure power isn’t live)
– Wire strippers
– Wire Connectors
– Electrical tape
– Dishwasher kit (all in one kit usually purchased from the home improvement store)
– Cost of dishwasher, this can range from $400 and up depending on features and model selected.
– $30 for the dishwasher install kit