How to Detach a Built In Dishwasher

Normally a built-in dishwasher is connected to your kitchen at four points and all of the points are located beneath the kitchen counter. In order to remove the dishwasher, you need to detach all the four points first. You will find that your dishwasher is connected with a power cord that connects it to the electrical outlet on one side, another one to your water supply and drain hoses below your sink, and also connected by hardware and brackets to your counter top as well as the cabinet sides. All of these connection points can be easily detached by using simple household tools. It is not a difficult task to remove a built in dishwasher, but you must always be careful not to damage the dishwasher itself or even its surrounding attachments.

To detach a built in dishwasher, you need:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Voltage tester
  • Pliers or an open-end box wrench
  • Hose clamp or stopper
  • Bucket
  • Wire-nuts
  • Towel or rags

Detaching a Built in Dishwasher

How to Detach a Built in Dishwasher

  • First thing that you need to do is to ensure that you turn off the electrical power connected to the dishwasher
    • Make sure to turn the dishwasher on to really verify the power has been switched off.
  • The next thing that you need to do is to stop the water flow to the dishwasher by turning the handle on your hot water shutoff valve situated in the cabinet underneath your kitchen sink.
    • Make sure to turn the hot water faucet on to really verify the water has been turned off.
  • Then, you need to remove two of the screws securing the dishwasher to the underside lip of your kitchen countertop situated above the dishwasher door.
    • You might encounter more than two screws for different models.
  • Then, you should be able to slide the built-in dishwasher away from its position until you feel a slight resistance from any connecting points.
  • You must follow the electrical source wire used by the appliance and where it connects to from the underside of the dishwasher before you start to untwist the two wire connectors.

Sometimes the connection is placed along with the motor. If the scenario is like that, you need to remove its motor housing cover first by unscrewing either two or three screws securing the cover in order to access the related wires.

  • Next step is to find the water intake hose connected to your dishwasher and disconnect it.
    • The hose is black in color which normally leads through the side of the cabinet to the hot water line and secured by a clamp.
    • You need to use a wrench and squeeze the prongs of the clamp to loosen and remove it.
  • After that, you need to unscrew the drain hose that is connected to your dishwasher pump. It is a large hose which have connections with your sink drain or even garbage disposal.
  • Finally, you can grab the dishwasher by its front or sides
    • Then, slide the dishwasher from out of the kitchen cabinet and you have eventually detached the dishwasher from its built in cabinet.

    Always remember that if you want to detach a built in dishwasher,

    • You must check whether it has rollers or not. If it does not have rollers, you should use furniture sliders in order to protect your floor from damage when you pull the dishwasher out.
    • Make sure not to pull the dishwasher way past the length of hose that connects it.

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