How to Remove a Dishwasher (in 8 Steps)

Fleet Appliance
December 2, 2021
Dishwasher Repair

Do you need to remove an old dishwasher? If so, this is the guide for you. 

Luckily, removing an old dishwasher and installing a new one is very easy to do even if you haven’t done so before. In this article, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to remove your old dishwasher so you can make room for your new one.

To remove your old dishwasher, all you need to do is turn the power off, disconnect the hoses, take the mounting brackets off, and lower the dishwasher legs, and you should be able to remove the dishwasher safely and easily without marking your kitchen floor.

Let’s get started.

Step 1 – Turn the power off

The first step is to unplug your dishwasher from the power socket. If the power socket is behind the dishwasher, you’ll need to pull it out from the wall slightly to access the power socket.

Step 2 – Turn the water off

Once the power is turned off, you need to turn the water off by turning the shutoff valve off on the waterline. You can find the shutoff valve under your sink, and it is usually attached to the hot water pipe. If your dishwasher doesn’t have a shutoff valve, you’ll need to turn the water off at the main while you remove your dishwasher.

Step 3 – Disconnect the water supply hose

Your dishwasher has two water pipes/hoses that need to be disconnected before you can remove your dishwasher. The first one is the water supply hose that runs from the dishwasher to the shutoff valve. To disconnect this hose, you need to disconnect it from the shutoff valve, or if you don’t have a shutoff valve, you’ll need to disconnect the hose from the hot water pipe (with the water main turned off). If you don’t currently have a shutoff valve set up, it would be a good idea to install one before installing a new dishwasher, as they make doing repairs and maintenance of your dishwasher much easier. Once the hose has been disconnected, put the disconnected end of the hose into a bucket to avoid water leaking onto the floor.

Step 4 – Disconnect the drain hose

The next hose to disconnect is the drain hose. This hose is connected to your dishwasher at one end and the sink or garbage disposal unit at the other (it’s usually connected to an air gap). Once you locate the drain hose, disconnect it from the air gap or the sink by loosening the clamp. Once disconnected, put one end into a bucket to avoid water leaking out onto the floor.

Step 5 – Loosen the mounting brackets

Most dishwashers have a couple of mounting brackets that connect the top of the dishwasher to the bottom of your countertop. These are put in place to stop your dishwasher from moving around during a cycle, as the dishwasher can sometimes vibrate.

To remove the mounting brackets, you need to open the dishwasher door, locate the brackets, and then unthread the screws that are connecting them to the countertop. Once the screws are removed, you can either leave them attached to the dishwasher or take them off completely.

Step 6 – Lower the legs

The next step is to lower the dishwasher legs. This will help you to be able to get the dishwasher out from its cabinet underneath the countertop. Depending on your specific make and model of dishwasher, you will either have legs that can be lowered straight away, or you’ll need to remove the faceplate first. The faceplate can usually be removed by unclipping it.

When you have access to the legs, lower them down by turning them clockwise until they are as low as you can get them. The dishwasher should now be low enough to be able to be pulled out.

Step 8 – Take the dishwasher out

Now that all the water hoses are disconnected and the legs have been lowered, you can pull the dishwasher out. When pulling the dishwasher out, slide it out very carefully, making sure you keep it straight, so it doesn’t knock into the sides of the cabinet. 

As you pull the dishwasher out, make sure that the disconnected water hoses are not stuck and can come out with the dishwasher. If you have a wooden floor, make sure you lift the dishwasher slightly when pulling it out to avoid marking the floor.

At this point, you should’ve successfully removed your old dishwasher, and you’ll be ready to install a new one.


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