How to Install a Fully Integrated Dishwasher
Installing a fully integrated dishwasher can be a game-changer in your daily routine, saving you time and effort while keeping your kitchen tidy. However, if you've never installed a dishwasher before, it can seem like a daunting task.
Not to worry, though, because with the right tools and know-how, it's a job you can tackle on your own.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of installing a fully integrated dishwasher, from measuring the space to connecting the plumbing. By the end of this guide, you'll have all the information you need to install your own dishwasher and enjoy the convenience of a spotless kitchen in no time.
Before you fit: measuring the space and choosing the right model
Before starting on the installation of a fully integrated dishwasher, it's crucial to measure the space properly to ensure you have the right model that fits perfectly. Dishwashers come in different sizes, and an ill-fitting unit can be challenging to install, causing issues such as leaks and damage to your kitchen.
Measuring the width, height, and depth of the space where you intend to install the dishwasher will help you choose a model that fits snugly.
Additionally, sourcing a door panel that matches your other kitchen units is essential for achieving a seamless integration. By selecting the correct model and door panel, you'll ensure a professional-looking finish that blends seamlessly with your kitchen décor, and avoid any costly mistakes.
Other considerations before installation
- Turn off the water supply: Make sure the area of installation is wide enough to fit your dishwasher. You need access to a power supply, water supply and a drain. After, turn off your water supply.
- Check the dishwasher is level: Check to ensure your dishwasher is balanced by adjusting the feet underneath and making use of a spirit level before you place it in position. When everything's even and the pipes have been hooked up, it can be put into position.
- Check if you’re connecting to hot or cold water: Go through your appliance’s manual to check if you’re connecting to hot or cold fill.
Tools you’ll need to install your dishwasher
- Fixings (supplied with your new dishwasher)
- Template (this should come with your new appliance)
- A mop and bucket for any spills
- Inlet and outlet hoses that came with your dishwasher
- Sealant for protecting your worktops from steam and water damage
- A crowbar for your cabinetry
How to fit an integrated dishwasher
1. Measure the area
Measure the height, width, and depth of the space where you want to install the dishwasher. This will ensure that the unit fits snugly.
2. Prepare the area
Clear the area where you'll install the dishwasher and remove the old unit if you're replacing it.
How do I disconnect my dishwasher unit?
- Unplug the dishwasher from the socket and carefully remove the appliance from the area. Turn off the water supply and have a bucket and towel at hand for any spills.
- Remove the water hose pipe from behind the dishwasher and tip any water to the bucket.
- Unscrew the opposite end of the water pipe from the wall using pliers or a wrench and drain out any leftover water inside into your bucket.
- Remove the drain hose and pour out any waste.
- Put the blanking disk (a flat disc shaped screw) inside the water pipe to prevent any spillages.
3. Connect the water supply
Connect the dishwasher to the hot (or cold) water supply and ensure that there are no leaks.
4. Install the drainage pipe
Connect the dishwasher to the inlet /outlet system using the pipe provided with the appliance.
5. Secure the dishwasher
Secure the dishwasher in place using screws or brackets. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for further guidance.
6. Install the door panel
Attach the door panel to the front of the dishwasher, ensuring that it matches the rest of your kitchen cabinets.
How do I attach the cabinet to my dishwasher door?
Before you attach the door, ensure that it matches the other cabinet doors in your kitchen as well as the requirements of your dishwasher.
- Use the template to make sure the fixings fit the door. Then, line the template up with the cabinet door. Mark these with a pencil.
- Securely affix the door rollers, these are composed of metal plates and two wheels, as well as the accompanying connection pieces. Ensure that each piece is firmly secured.
- Slide the rollers onto the dishwasher door and screw any final fittings to the cabinet so the fixing place is fastened tight.
7. Test the dishwasher
Turn on the dishwasher and run a test cycle to ensure that everything is working correctly.
By following these steps, you can seamlessly install an integrated dishwasher and reap the benefits of being able to have clean dishes with minimal work. Check out our dishwasher buying guide here and browse our best-selling dishwasher models, here at Marks Electrical.