How to install a dishwasher

If you've had enough of hand-washing and can't stand the thought of donning another pair of marigolds then it's time to invest in a machine that will take the strain!

Installing a dishwasher may seem daunting, but follow our simple steps and you'll be enjoying clean plates without the hassle in no time.

Instructions are normally included with your new machine. If you've bought a second-hand or refurbished model the seller may still have a copy, or you might be able to find the appropriate manual online.

Don't forget to get your hands on an adjustable spanner for the installation.

Water Supply

Your dishwasher will have been supplied with a PVC hose that links the water inlets at the back of the appliance to special miniature valves connected to the household plumbing. The hoses are colour coded, red for hot and blue for cold.

  • Make sure the valve is turned off

  • Connect the hose by screwing it onto the valve

  • Make sure everything's nice and tight before you turn the valves on

Waste Water

The outlet hose from a dishwasher must be connected to a waste system that will get rid of the dirty water. The standpipe and trap is the standard method.

The machine hose fits loosely into the open-ended pipe, so that dirty water won't be siphoned back into the machine. Always ensure the open end is at least 2 ft above the floor.

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