So you’ve finally replaced your old dishwasher or whatever item that held its space before in your kitchen. Now, installing it is another undertaking altogether, it requires some research, mechanical skills, and adequate knowledge of electricity (for safety).
If you purchased it with an installation fee included, then sit back and relax, but if you’re looking to save a few quids by installing them yourself, then you might want to know the following steps:
Check the Dimensions
Now, this is pretty straightforward, if you have already settled on a spot where you’d want to chuck your dishwasher, make sure you consider it when you go out and shop for one. Make sure you’ll leave some space to move your dishwasher so as not to scrape the sides. You will also want to check its features and details to help you with your shopping. Looking at the reviews and information online would save you time browsing the shop’s entire selection, a quick read on Picki Reviews will give you a substantial insight on which brand and model would suit you. There will be a lot of names out there, but a comprehensive description of each one will be helpful.
The proper installation of the appliance is mainly about its connections. First off, you’ll have to install a suitable power source near the dishwasher, if you haven’t got any. Allow space to run the cord and keep the source at a level where the water can’t reach it quickly when there’s flooding.
Water Supply Line
Go through your dishwasher and find the “dishwasher 90”, it’s a brass fitting that connects the machine to the water supply. Connect the ninety to the solenoid valve in the dishwasher with a pipe joint compound applied to the threads. You can tighten it by hand and use an adjustable wrench for the last quarter turn. You will also find a braided steel tube to connect the ninety to the water source. Connect both by threading the coupling nut to the ninety and tighten to prevent leakage. You can then connect the other end of the tube to the shut-off valve under the sink. Check for leaks after placing the fittings by turning on the valve.
The important thing to consider when connecting the drainage hose is that it shouldn’t siphon back wastewater into the dishwasher. After securing both ends of the drainage line make a loop high up just below the sink’s underside and drop it back down to the nipple connected to the sink drain.
Test the Dishwasher
Test the dishwasher by running water through it in full cycle. Check if freshwater is taken in and is drained properly. Check for leaks between connections. When you’re satisfied with the test, secure the dishwasher by screwing the sides and covering it properly with the faceplate. There you have it, it’s a simple process and would only take a couple of hours of your day to complete. You will still have to read the instructions that came with your own model to take account of its unique features and requirements. If you’re not confident about installing your own dishwasher, it’s not wrong to call a professional to do it for you.