The way to Attain an Under-Counter Dishwasher
The typical under-counter kitchen dishwasher has an average service life expectancy of 12 decades. Fixing or replacing individual components might not be cost effective if the unit has passed more than 75 percent of its expected service life. In addition, new dishwashers offer considerably increased energy efficiency. Units with Energy Star certification from the Department of Energy use 25 percent less electricity than older conventional units. Replacing a dishwasher is in the skill set of several home do-it-yourselfers.
Remove The Existing Dishwasher
Turn off electrical power to the dishwasher in the circuit breaker at the key electrical panel. Turn off water into the dishwasher in the shutoff valve situated beneath the kitchen sink.
Remove the screws that fasten the access panel in the bottom front of the dishwasher.
Find the copper hot water supply line below the dishwasher connected to an elbow fitting in the left front of the machine. Loosen the compression matching with the end wrench or pliers and pull on the water supply line off the elbow fitting.
Find the white and black wires inside the electrical junction box below the dishwasher where they connect to power wires from the machine. Unscrew the cable nuts and disconnect the wires. Find the ground wire attached to the junction box with a green screw. Loosen the screw and remove the ground cable.
Loosen the hose clamp and disconnect the rubber dishwasher drain line from the sink or disposal drain under the sink.
Remove the two screws at the clips on the top front of the dishwasher that fasten the dishwasher to the underside of the counter.
Slide the dishwasher out slowly. Request a helper to steer the dishwasher drain line through the access hole leading to the sink as you pull on the dishwasher entirely from its recess and off from the counter.
Examine the flooring from the dishwasher recess for any signs of damage from long-term escapes. Repair the flooring if necessary before continuing.
Install The New Dishwasher
Tilt the brand new dishwasher on its back.
Wrap the threads of the new elbow to your water supply line with thread sealant tape. Screw the new elbow into the threaded outlet in the underside of the tighten and dishwasher. At the final turn, orient the elbow so its socket is pointing toward the back of the dishwasher.
Tilt the microwave erect and thrust it toward the recess. Thread the newest release line through the access hole leading to the under-sink area. Request a helper to pull on the release line through the hole as you push the microwave to the recess.
Attach the water supply line into the elbow and tighten the compression fitting with a finish rhythm. Be careful not to over-tighten. Compression fixtures may leak when they’re too tight.
Turn on the water supply to the dishwasher in the cutoff valve below the kitchen sink to test for leaks. If no leaks are discovered under the dishwasher, turn the water supply off again.
Lift the slack portion of the drain line into the highest point in the cupboard under the kitchen sink and fasten it with a contractor’s pipe strap. This prevents sink backwash from going into the dishwasher.
Connect the electrical wiring into the junction box under the dishwasher. Wrap the white cable to the white wire and the black cable to the black cable. Secure the connections by screwing wire nuts on every one. Connect the ground cable from the dishwasher to the screw at the junction box.
Adjust the leveling feet to level the side-to-side alignment of this dishwasher. If necessary to close the gap between the bottom of the counter and the dishwasher, raise the dishwasher by adjusting the leveling feet.
Screw the steel mounting clips to the underside of the counter to affix the dishwasher set up.
Turn on electricity in the circuit breaker. Turn on the water in the cutoff valve below the kitchen sink.
Run the dishwasher through a couple of test cycles and look under the sink and dishwasher for escapes.
Install the access panel in the bottom of the dishwasher.