How to Install A Dishwasher

As a home owner, it would be helpful to know a few things about appliances, such as how to install a dishwasher. Before you can install the dishwasher, you will need to have a power supply, as well as a water feed and drain. Most dishwashers are within reach of the sink, allowing for easy access to a water feed and drain. With the assistance of dishwasher drain kit and a few other supplies, it will be easy to install a dishwasher in your cabinet.

Things your going to need to install the dishwasher:

  • Pipe wrench or channel locks
  • Hole saw
  • Phillips and regular screwdriver
  • Teflon tape
  • Dishwasher drain kit
  • Drain hose
  • Valve splitter
  • Water feed line
  1. Setting up for the install. It is good to have a professional set up a twenty amp circuit in your breaker box. You will need it run the power to the location where the dishwasher will be installed. Be sure to check your county and state codes for specs on how to run the power supply before you attempt this. Make sure you have a location in your cabinet large enough for the dishwasher to set. It is good measure to use the hole saw and cut all holes in the partition between the cabinet area for the dishwasher and under the sink. All specs should be included with the dishwasher you purchase for size and power needs.
  2. Begin your hook up. Before you begin working with any water, be sure to turn off the twenty amp breaker for the power supply. Also you will need to turn off the water supply to the sink you're going to run your feed from. Install a splitter, or "Y," to the cold water feed, then reconnect the sink feed. To the other leg of the splitter, connect the feed for the dishwasher, then run to the dishwasher.
  3. The drain. Following the dishwasher kit, you will find how to install the drain for your dish washer. You simply replace the pipe leading from the drain of your sink with the one in your kit with the drain receiving spout on the side. Run the drain line from the spout on the side of the new pipe to the drain of the dishwasher. Use the clamps supplied in the kit to connect both the dishwasher and the drain pipe.
  4. Supply the power. Matching the colors. As with any hook up of power, it is color coded for the common, ground and neutral. Hook your black from the dishwasher to the black in your power feed and so on. Be sure to use wire nuts to secure and protect the connections.

Remember to leave about six feet of line for all your feeds. This will give you room to pull the unit back out once you have finished installing the dishwasher incase there are any problems with the unit and future repairs. Roll all feeds up as you slide the dishwasher in place. You're now ready to turn on the power and water for the dishwasher maiden run. Secure the dishwasher with the small legs at the top front of the dishwasher to the cabinet countertop. If you have hooked all things up as the dishwasher specs require, you should have no issues with the dishwasher giving you many years of service.

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