Installing a dishwasher is not as simple as you might think. Here are some tips to guide you when installing the appliance yourself.
Before you install your dishwasher
First, take the time you need to thoroughly read all the instructions of the user manual before you begin. Carefully follow the installation steps as to not forget anything, and to avoid unpleasant surprises when you turn the unit on.
Before beginning installation, check that all parts for the dishwasher are included in the box. If any parts are missing, you may be unable to assemble it properly and could find yourself in a predicament in the middle of the process.
In addition, installing a dishwasher requires a certain degree of mechanical and plumbing know-how. If you are not qualified to perform this type of installation, it’s strongly suggested you entrust the task to an expert.
When it comes time to install the dishwasher, go slowly and follow the steps methodically.
- Prepare the area where you will be installing the dishwasher. The location of the unit should match the dimensions recommended in the user guide for both safety and aesthetic reasons.
- You need to install a shutoff valve. It must be easily accessible in case of leakage, since it allows you to control the water flow that feeds dishwasher. Next, you need to install a water drain. The dishwasher must be connected to the drain of the sink, and should not exceed 40 decimetres.
- Now place the dishwasher in the space you’ve allotted for it.
- Shut down the breaker and power supply of the electrical outlets you are working with, and plug-in the necessary electrical connection only after the plumbing has been completed. This significantly reduces the risk of electrocution.
During the first wash, watch carefully that everything goes as it should. You’ll need to act quickly if the dishwasher starts leaking or makes noises.
When you install your dishwasher, make sure it is parallel to the ground. If it is not level, the door will not close properly, which could cause water leakage. Furthermore, if the dishwasher is unbalanced it will be much louder than if it were installed perfectly level. Finally, adjust the legs beneath the machine for a better fit.
Remember that once the dishwasher is in place, you’ll have to practice regular maintenance to ensure optimum performance and maximum life span. Depending on the model of the appliance you have, you will need to clean the filter, spray nozzles and periodically verify the seals.
Finally, it is important that you keep the instruction manual on hand. It not only contains the proper installation process, but also includes practical information for troubleshooting and the necessary steps to take if the appliance isn’t working as it should.