INSTALLATION AND RECYCLING
Once you’ve found your perfect dishwasher, you’ll need to think about getting it delivered and having it installed.
If you’re handy with DIY then feel free to install it yourself, but if you’re unsure, it may be easier to use a professional. Usually the retailer you buy the dishwasher from will have installation and disposal options you can use.
If you’ve decided to save the fee and install your new dishwasher yourself, the job should take a couple of hours.
Sometimes, you may not have the time or expertise to set up your new dishwasher. In this case, the shop you buy from will usually offer a professional installation service for a small fee. If you go for this option, some basic preparation will help the process go smoothly:
• A larger washing and/or drying capacity
• Make sure there is clear access to where
you want your new appliance installed,
and that it will fit into the space. If there
are stairs on the route, make sure they
are clear and there is enough room to
• Ensure the water, electricity and waste
connections are within 1/1.5 metres of
the appliance location.
• Make sure it’s possible to turn off the
Most installers will unpack your dishwasher, connect it up, and do a test start to check there are no leaks and that it all works properly. They can also get rid of the packaging, and if you’ve booked it, will remove and recycle your old machine.
Most installers will unpack your dishwasher, connect it up, and do a test start to check there are no leaks.
PREPARING YOUR SPACE
Ideally, it’s best to have your appliance against an exterior wall on a firm, level floor, and close to the connections for the water supply, waste pipe and electricity. The manual should tell you exactly how close, but 1/1.5 metres is generally cited as optimal.
Most new models only need a cold water supply, as the water can be heated up inside the machine. However, you may want to double check the specifications before you buy. This system requires less energy than plumbing in hot water from your boiler.
Your dishwasher will need a standard 13 amp plug socket for its electricity. If the sockets are above the countertops, you’ll need to run a cable from one of these to below the counters.
Bear in mind that if you need to move electrical sockets or plumbing, you’ll need to get the relevant tradesperson in to do the work.
When you order your dishwasher, there is often the option to have your old model taken away for recycling – for a small extra fee. Government legislation for recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) ensures that appliances such as dishwashers, TVs and washing machines have the reusable parts separated and recycled safely.
Most companies will ask that you prepare the old appliance by emptying any water and disconnecting it from the water, waste and electricity supply.