Replacing a Dishwasher – Part 2

So now we’re continuing on from the first part of this adventure of replacing our dishwasher (part 1 is here).

dishwasher fitting to our supply lineThe next thing we are going to do is we are going to connect our dishwasher fitting to our supply line. Dishwashers come with two different styles of a fitting. One is 3/8ths IPS by 3/8ths compression, the other one is three quarter hose thread by three eights compression. And this is becoming more and more popular – the three quarter hose, in fact this dishwasher takes it and it did not come with it.

So make sure you check the instructions or ask where you purchase your dishwasher, if you need a fitting, because in some cases you are going to have to pick one up. So what I am going to do is I am just going to take this fitting, I am going to use a pair of pliers and a channel lock to hold the fitting and I am just going to snug this down first and then I am going to, actually, a little tip, take a little tape and tape down your supply line, your discharge hose and your electrical supply and then you’ll be able to slide the dishwasher right over the top of all three.

I just pushed the dishwasher back in place and we are going to connect all of the replacement parts (plus a little guidance from the experts at Austin Appliance Masters – http://austinappliancemasters.com). Now we are going to take a level, so we are going to adjust our front legs. And I like these just inexpensive plastic levels with a magnet on it and it just makes it very easy to do jobs like this. So now we’ll just take our feet and we’ll bring it up to its plumb, just like that and then we’ll set the level on the top.

dishwasher installNow I am going to take the water supply, I am going to take this three quarter inch hose thread and I am going to connect this to the water inlet on the bottom. You want to hand tighten this and snug it down and then you are going to use a pliers and do a quarter inch a time until it snugs up. You definitely don’t want to over tighten this and make sure you hand thread it first, so you don’t cross thread it.

Next step, you are going to connect your hose and our just has a push fit fitting, so depending on the manufacturer, it’s going to be a little different. But this one just snaps into our rubber gasket. For this dishwasher, it uses a hose clamp to hold that hose in place and i really like this channel lock hose clamp pliers and you can see this little indentations are designed to snap into this and grab it and hold it in place. So if you want a specialty tool, this channel lock do a nice job for this type of repair.

In the Tucson area we have flexible metal conduit and we don’t have a ground that metal conduit is going to be grounded all the way back.We are going to twist our black wire to the black wire, the white to the white and then put our cover back on. If you are using non metallic cable, you are going to want to make sure you are going to put the ground bare wire to the grounding screw inside the box.

Everything is connected underneath, I am just going to drill a couple of pilot holes and connect these brackets to the bottom of the counter top. The last thing, you’ll just put your access panel on the bottom, you’ll turn on the water and then turn on the electric. And those are the steps to replace a dishwasher.