Few things intimidate homeowners more than having to replace old house equipment.
Removing a built-in dishwasher may appear like a nightmare.
Surely a dishwasher is quite heavy and bulky, requiring massive manpower to lift?
Not quite so.
With the right tools and the right guide, the process is quite simple.
If you are looking forward to replacing your current dishwasher or simply just want to remove the current one and reinstall it somewhere else, then this guide on how to remove a dishwasher is just for you.
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In the meantime, let’s dive into what you’ll need to remove the dishwasher and the steps involved in the process.
Supplies You’ll Need
- Pliers to disconnect the water supply.
- Cloth to save yourself from creating a mess.
- Screwdrivers to unfasten
The Steps Involved
The steps involved in how to remove a dishwasher are quite simple.
In three plain words, they are: disconnect, remove and pull.
Let’s see them in detail to make the method completely foolproof.
Step 1: Disconnect Everything
This is a crucial step that involves disconnecting not just the supply of water and power but also cutting the drain line.
To achieve this end, we first suggest starting by disconnecting the power supply.
In most cases, dishwashers are found located near kitchen sinks.
The electricity supply that powers them on has plugs located either inside the sink cabinet or behind it.
If it is located inside the sink cabinet, simply open the cabinet under the sink and reach out to switch off the supply.
Be careful to dry wet hands as you don’t want to touch broken circuitry this way.
If it’s located behind the cabinet, then you’d have to switch off the supply at a later stage.
Once disconnected from the electricity supply, next up, you have to cut off water access to the dishwasher using your channel lock pliers.
The water supply line is again located within the kitchen cabinet, and you simply have to shut off the supply.
If your dishwasher supply line does not have a separate water valve, then you’ll have to compromise for some time.
Call an appliance repair expert as soon as possible if you’re stuck.
This is because you’ll be closing the water supply not just to your dishwasher but also to your sink.
Rotate the valve to the right to close it.
If, for some reason, your water supply line valve does not exist, you may even have to compromise by shutting off the water supply to your entire house.
Albeit, this will be for some time only.
The last phase of the disconnection process in this guide is to disconnect the drain line.
The drain line is what runs from your dishwasher to the drain, and it provides an outlet for the water to escape.
The drain line is a hose clamped to your dishwasher, and you simply need to loosen up the fastening to remove it.
Here’s where your drop cloth can come in handy to prevent the water saved in the drain hose from piling out.
Step 2: Remove Everything Attached
This is the main part of any DIY home appliance repairs—remove everything!
Here, you need to remove your dishwasher itself.
Your screwdrivers will come in handy here since you need to unscrew the metal brackets and fasten the dishwasher to the cabinet.
This can be done by opening the dishwasher and gently searching for the metal brackets at the top of the dishwasher and the bottom of the cabinet slab.
Once you have removed the top, it is now time to unscrew the bottom faceplate that secures the dishwasher in place.
You’ll again need to unfasten the mounting screws, or in the case of spring clips, you will need to detach those.
After removing the faceplate, the final nail to the coffin would be to remove the feet of the dishwasher hinged at the bottom.
Rotate the feet in a clockwise direction to make dishwasher removal easier.
Step 3: Pull Out The Dishwasher
The final step in this guide is pulling out the dishwasher itself.
Since dishwashers are heavy, we suggest sliding them across the floor instead of lifting up the entire thing.
To prevent your kitchen floor from being marked with scratches, we suggest placing a piece of cardboard at the bottom.
Glide it across the floor so that it detaches from the counter itself.
The Bottom Line
As you may have already discovered, removing your dishwasher is quite a straightforward process.
If you are still skeptical of the process, we suggest watching this video, or if you still seek professional assistance, then reach out to Speedy Appliance Repair.
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