Plumbing a dishwasher

How to plumb in a new dishwasher

Dishwashers are great pieces of labour saving equipment but, as with any other piece of equipment, there comes a time when they need to be replaced. When you purchase a new dishwasher, the people who deliver it often do only that; deliver the equipment and leave you to it. An increasing number of people struggle to find the additional cost to have a dishwasher, washing machine, or other equipment professionally installed, which means they will need to plumb something in themselves.

Finding the Information

If you look hard enough, it’s not hard to find instructions for doing most things on the Internet. Search for instructions on installing your specific model of dishwasher, and you should find a wealth of information on how to do just that.

Providing you have the right tools, follow all instructions carefully, and take your time, plumbing in your new dishwasher shouldn’t be too difficult. A dishwasher is a major household expense, so it makes sense to get the right type of machine for your needs. Many people have very small kitchens and may think that there isn’t room for a dishwasher, but these days it is possible to get one that will fit almost anywhere – just search for tabletop dishwashers and you should find something to suit your needs.

Follow the Instructions

When you find some instructions that appear suitable for you, make sure that you read them through carefully before you begin, then make sure that you actually follow the instructions even more carefully! The most important thing that you need to do when installing a dishwasher is to situate it near your cold water supply.

Read the manufacturer’s instructions first, and if you are unsure of anything then

contact the suppliers or your local plumber for advice. Besides situating your dishwasher close to your cold water supply, it also needs to be close to a power source.

Getting Started

Once you have read everything through, it is time to connect your dishwasher to the power source, but don’t switch it on at this stage. The next thing you need to do is to connect your machine to the water supply.

Turn water off at the mains. The main supply is usually underneath your kitchen sink. Once you’ve located this and switched it off, you connect the water hose on the machine to your water mains supply, using a tapping screw or Y connector.
Once you have connected the opposite end of the hose to the dishwasher, you should be ready to turn the water back on, ensuring that it’s properly fitted and not leaking.
Connect your dishwasher drain hose to the waste pipe – the pipe generally used for the washing machine.
When you’re certain you have a secure connection, you can then move the dishwasher into place. Once this is done, and after a careful reading of the operating instructions, you can turn your machine on, and let it go through a cycle before you begin using it.

If you would prefer to get your dishwasher installed professionally in Greater Belfast contact BPS