Dishwasher installation

Installing a dishwasher isn’t as tricky as you think it may be. It is actually fairly straightforward and can be achieved in a matter of steps.


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Step by step guide:

  1. Clear all blockages and pipes that would cause an obstruction when fitting your dishwasher.
  2. Make sure the area where you will be fitting your dishwasher is big enough to fit the specific model type.
  3. The three main components needed for installing your dishwasher are power, water and drain supply.


In order to gain full functionality, make sure that your dishwasher is placed close to the sink as well as a plug socket.

  1. Turn off water supply.
  2. Screw one end of the cold water hose onto the water supply.
  3. Pass the hose through a hole in the bottom of your cupboard and out through the cavity to screw onto the back of the dishwasher. (If one isn’t present this will have to be made)
  4. Turn water supply back on in order to check that there are no leaks.
  5. Pull the drain hose through the same hole within the cupboard.
  6. Slide the dishwasher back into position making sure that you do not catch any pipes or hoses on the way.
  7. Now your dishwasher is in place, pull through the remaining length of the drain hose through the hole in the cupboard.
  8. Attach the drain hose to the drain spigot (your drain pipe may need cutting so it is the right thickness to attach to the spigot.)
  9. Screw back onto the drain connection.
  10. Place a clip over the drain hose to hold the hose into place on the spigot.
  11. Set your drain hose as high as possible to stop water draining from the sink into the dishwasher. If this does happen reposition the height of your drain hose.
  12. Adjust the feet on your dishwasher to sit flush with the rest of your cabinets.
  13. Attach mounting brackets at the top of your dishwasher to the bottom of your countertop. (These should come included with your dishwasher.)

Job complete!

If things don’t go as smoothly for you as the above here are a few problems that you may encounter:

  • Your dishwasher doesn’t fit in the acquired space- it is essential that you measure the space where you are going to place your dishwasher to determine which model to buy. Some dishwashers differ in size so always check before you purchase.
  • You have experienced a leak- if your dishwasher isn’t level it may leak. You may not have checked the surface properly before installation. Make sure you use an air-bubble level for accuracy.

Read on to find out how a dishwasher works. 

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