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What Are the Best Tips for Fitting a Dishwasher?

Angela Crout-Mitchell
Angela Crout-Mitchell

Dishwashers are among the most convenient and frequently used appliances in most modern kitchens. It is not unusual for homeowners to choose to upgrade their current unit or install a dishwasher for the first time in their homes. There are some incredibly useful tips to keep in mind during the process, such as the dishwasher placement, remembering to shut off power and water to the location, and carefully calculating the dishwasher dimensions for a proper fit. Correctly fitting a dishwasher also involves having the right tools for the job and following the enclosed directions closely to ensure perfect installation and operation.

One of the first tasks of fitting a dishwasher is to decide on the appliance's location. If there is already a unit in place and the homeowner is only planning on replacing the unit, the work is done, but if a dishwasher is being installed for the first time, it is important to choose the right location. Most home improvement experts suggest any location in the kitchen where the unit door can easily open and close is an appropriate place.

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Woman holding a book

When fitting a dishwasher, any power or water source should be shut off for your safety. Failing to do so can result in injury or the new appliance. Most homes have fuse boxes or breaker switches clearly labeled, as well as water shut off valves easily accessible.

There is no need to recalculate the dimensions and space of a dishwasher candidate if an old unit is being replaced. Not all dishwashers are the same size and shape, and a slight difference can create problems fitting a dishwasher properly. Using a tape measure and noting the dimensions before installation will mitigate any space issues.

Most dishwashers are made for easy installation, but it is still important to gather the correct tools for the job before beginning. In most cases, a power drill, wrench, and hammer is all that is needed. Any additional hardware is either included with the unit or can be purchased from a hardware or home improvement store.

The simplest tip for fitting a dishwasher is to read and follow the enclosed instructions carefully throughout the process. In addition to printed instructions, the manufacturer often encloses a website address or phone number customers can contact for technical support if necessary during the installation phase. The place of purchase may also be able to answer questions and provide assistance to homeowners having trouble installing the unit as well.

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