If you've just read the last rites to your elderly dishwashing machine, you may be thinking of your options ahead. You can tackle your dirty pots and pans the old way while using the old dishwasher to store some of your excess "stuff." Alternatively, you can yank the old one out and replace it with a brand new and state-of-the-art machine to make sure that your dishes are even cleaner than they were before. Maybe you can tackle this yourself even though you are not particularly dextrous. If you're ready to give it a go, where should you start?
The Step-by-Step Process
- Begin by shutting off both the electricity and the water. Reach underneath the sink and you should find the hot water valve. Turn this all the way until it is shut. It's best if you turn the power off at the breaker, so you can work in a safe environment.
- Gently pull the dishwasher out of its current position; if it won't move when you first try, it may be held in place with some screws. Remove those carefully to proceed.
- You need to look at the junction box, which is where all the electrical magic happens, as you need to disconnect the wires before you can completely remove the old machine. Be absolutely sure that you have isolated the power before you do this.
- You will find the water supply hoses beneath the dishwasher. They are usually held on with a butterfly clamp or nut. When you remove the attachment at the other end, you will be able to take the hose out altogether.
- You can finally remove the dead dishwasher at this point, being careful not to scratch your shiny tile floor in the process. Get some help if need be, as this can be quite heavy, and don't be surprised if some leftover water may spill out.
- Assuming that you have the replacement at hand, the best way to proceed is to turn it on to its back so the front is facing upward, as this will make it easier for you to make the connections.
- Begin by reconnecting the drain hose and be completely sure that it is fully secure, or you will certainly regret it when you switch everything on.
- Put the other end of the hose through the hole beneath the sink so it is ready to reattach to the mains.
- At this stage, you should be able to slide the new dishwasher into the empty space and begin the process of connecting the wires to the junction box. Obviously, you will need to match the connections like-for-like and colour-for-colour, and if you're not sure, ask for help before you go any further.
- Finally, you should be able to reconnect the hoses to the water supply, tightening carefully with the clamp. Then turn the water back on to check for leaks.
- If you're happy, turn the power back on and test everything to see if it works, before reattaching the dishwasher to its home with those screws.
Can You Do It?
While some people will be able to complete this task without too much drama, others may find it an uphill struggle. If you fall into the latter camp, don't be afraid to reach out to dishwasher installation professionals to help you.