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A visual guide to installing (or uninstalling) your dishwasher

Take a closer look at the process before you break out your tools.

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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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Disconnect power

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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Remove the kick plate

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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Water and power cables

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

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In position

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

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Locate the junction box

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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Locate the water connection

The main water connection will look like this. 

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Push the dishwasher into place

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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Pull the pipes through

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

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Connect the pipes

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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Find your power

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

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Connect wires

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

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Check the power

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 and secure

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

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Reversing the steps

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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Ready to go

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

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