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Disconnect power

Remove the kick plate

Water and power cables

In position

Locate the junction box

Locate the water connection

Push the dishwasher into place

Pull the pipes through

Connect the pipes

Find your power

Connect wires

Check the power

Level and secure

Reversing the steps

Ready to go

Check out our full guide to both installing and uninstalling your dishwasher. Step 1 for both processes: Make sure you have the right tools before you start. 

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Before installing your dishwasher, unpack it from the box it came in. For both, disconnect the power before you start messing with any wires.

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Next, remove the kick plate. You'll need access to what's under it to both install and uninstall your dishwasher. 

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When installing the dishwasher, find the hole for your water and power cables. 

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Push the power cable, the water cable and the drain hose through the hole, but don't connect it yet. 

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Next, locate the power and water connections on the dishwasher itself. The power connection will be in a junction box like the one pictured above. 

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The main water connection will look like this. 

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If the connections are on the front under the kick plate, push the dishwasher into place before connecting anything. Connect the cables to the dishwasher first if the connections are on the back of the unit. To push the dishwasher in place, tilt it back. Most units have wheels on the back corners.

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Have a friend pull the pipes through as you push the dishwasher in. 

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Install the water pipe to your water source (most likely under your sink). Turn your water on once it's secured and watch for leaks. Install your drain hose as well. 

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Next, you'll need to connect your power cord to your dishwasher. 

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This step usually involves connecting wires. Check your dishwasher's instruction manual for specifics. 

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Once the wiring is done, make sure to put everything back into the junction box before plugging in your dishwasher and turning the power back on. 

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Level the dishwasher, and put the kick plate back in place. Secure the dishwasher to your counter with mounting anchors.

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When you uninstall the dishwasher, you'll reverse the process for disconnecting the power and water. Before you pull the dishwasher out, look for the anchors holding it in place and unscrew them. 

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Turn your dishwasher on and you should hear the familiar sound of water swooshing. 

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