If you want to add a dishwasher to your kitchen, most of the work may already be done if your cabinetry includes an opening for a dishwasher. All you need to do at this point is to measure the opening to ensure that you find a best dishwasher that fits perfectly into the opening. If you are remodeling your kitchen, you can add any size dishwasher that is available. If you have a larger family or entertain often, you may elect for a more expensive and less compact model. No matter what you decide on, this article will give you a better understanding of how to measure for the right fit and how simple installing your dishwasher can be.
Step One: Measure
The first step you want to do is to measure for your dishwasher. If you don’t measure correctly or if you don’t measure at all, you may end up with a dishwasher that won’t fit into the opening or have an opening that is too big and a dishwasher that is too small. Standard models are typically twenty-four inches in width, with a depth of twenty-four inches and around thirty-five inches tall however, the size depends on what model you need.
There are a few models to choose from in addition to the standard model. The portable compact dish washer is great if you live in small dwellings and need to save on room. These models usually measure about 35 inches tall x 24 inches deep x 18 inches width.
There is also a large size that is great for those who wash a lot of dishes at one time or throughout the day and want to make one load count. These units typically measure 35 inches tall x 24 inches deep x 42 inches width. This unit Will accommodate plates, cups, utensils, pots, and pans.
The portable units are good for those who like their cabinet set up and don’t want to change it or can’t, but they want to have a dishwasher. Most portable models are the standard size but can also be compact size as well. All you need is a place to park the unit when you are not using it.
Another important factor to consider is what the shell of the dishwasher will look like. You can purchase your dishwasher in stainless steel, white, black, and retro colors to blend in with the kitchen decor.
Step Two: Where are you going to place the Dishwasher?
Now that you know what type of dishwasher you need, you can then locate the place you want to install your dishwasher. If you want a portable dishwasher unit, you will be able to choose where you want the dishwasher to set when it is not in use. Most dishwashers installed under the cabinet need to be as close to the sink as possible.
If you are installing a dishwasher for the first time, you may need to cut out for the unit. You may want to hire someone to cut out the opening if you don’t have a lot of experience doing this yourself. If you do the cutting yourself, be sure that you measure twice to ensure that you have everything right before you make the first cut. You will also need to gather up all the tools you will need to make the cut and finish the project.
Step Three: Research for the Best Model
Now that you know what size you need and you have made the opening for the dishwasher, it is time to purchase the unit. You will want to look for an energy-efficient model to save you money and clean your dishes. A standard dishwasher can increase your power bill so finding an energy efficient model will help to keep your monthly costs down. Do your research online to see what others are saying about energy efficient models and then narrow down your search according to the best result for you.
Step Four: Check your Local Building Codes First
Before you begin cutting, you will want to check your local building codes. If you don’t own your home, you will want to get approval from your landlord before you install your dishwasher. In some areas, dishwashers require an airgap to be installed on the dishwashing unit in order to prevent any contaminated water to move back into the water supply lines. You need to know this before you begin your project, so you don’t have to go back and do it later.
Step Five: Installing your Dishwasher
You checked with the building codes, and you made your purchase. Now it is time to install your dishwasher. You will need to ensure that you are able to run the water to the unit, install it close to a power supply, and that it is close to the drains. If you are simply replacing a dishwasher, everything should already be there for you however, if you are installing for the first time, you will need tools to cut the holes in order to add your dishwasher to your counter. It won’t require anything other than your basic tools, such as a drill with standard bits, a wrench, a flat head screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver. You may also need some electrical tape to keep on hand. You will also need a saw to cut the hole or to trim it up so that your dishwasher fits.
Step Six: Getting the Drains Right
You will need to take a look at your drains to ensure you have a dishwasher drain. You cannot tap into the garbage disposal drains to install a dishwasher. You may need to purchase a dishwasher branch tailpiece and install it with the standard dishwasher drain. You can research the standard dishwasher drain in order to get the right set up for yours before you begin this project so you will know what to expect and what it should look like.
A dishwasher is a great addition to your kitchen, and it will save you time in the kitchen so you can go do other important things on your list. A dishwasher offers many benefits to a home including heating up hot enough that it can kill germs to prevent you and your family from becoming sick, reducing the spread of infection as well as the spread of salmonella and other food related bacteria.