From repurposing your cupboards to straightforward plumbing fixes, installing a dishwasher is easy.
From repurposing your cupboards to straightforward plumbing fixes, installing a dishwasher can be easier than you think. Its also one of the most transforming things you can do in your kitchen and will be the icing on the cake for any home renovations.
Fitting a dishwasher - Where to put it?
Unlike a washing machine, the dishwasher must only go in the kitchen. If it can be put in place of a storage cabinet and near the main cold water supply, it’s often just a case of removing the cupboard door and shelves and plumbing in. If you can position it next to the washing machine, the waste pipe for dirty water will already be there.
If no obvious place exists consider if the washing machine can be moved out of the kitchen, for example under the stairs or in a utility area, making space for the other hardest-working appliance – your dishwasher!
Dishwashers for small spaces
If you have a galley-style kitchen or there are no 60cm cupboard spaces available a slimline dishwasher could be the answer. Alternatively, take a look at the extremely handy countertop dishwashers. These smaller models sit on top of your counter, making them great for small kitchens, couples and renters. They‘re filled from the tap using an attachment, and empty down the sink drain. Simple.
Installing your dishwasher: 3 Easy Steps
Read the dishwasher manufacturer's instructions and consult a qualified electrical engineer or plumber if in any doubt.
What you need:
- a power supply
- a water supply
- a waste pipe or sink drain
Step 1: Connect your power supply
The dishwasher power cable needs to be able to reach a socket. Only switch power socket on once full installation is complete.
Step 2: Connect your water supply
This is found under the kitchen sink. First, turn off the mains water supply and connect one end of the dishwasher‘s cold water hose onto the water supply pipe. You may need to use a Y connector or self tapping screw to achieve this.
Connect the other end of the hose to the rear of the dishwasher and turn the water supply back on to ensure no leaks.
Step 3: Connect dishwasher to a waste pipe
Position the dishwasher drain hose so it runs from the back of the dishwasher up into a waste pipe. This is probably the same pipe used by your washing machine waste pipe.
If not available, connect the waste hose to the sink drain using an appropriate connector/spigot.
Once connections are secure, slide the dishwasher carefully into place and adjust the feet on the base of the dishwasher so that it sits flush with the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
Finally, switch on the power socket and read the operating instructions before use. For tips on getting the best results from your dishwasher click here.