Continuing on our kitchen theme, we thought we’d right a quick post on how to install a dishwasher. Dishwasher’s can be one of the trickier white good you’ll fit in your house, so here’s a few tips that might help you on your way. Of course, if you fancy someone else doing it, you can always call Fulham’s finest plumbers.
Ok, so you’ve got a brand spanking new dishwasher sitting in the middle of your kitchen and the delivery guy has just driven off. What to do first? Let’s start with removing all packaging, and checking everything that’s supposed to be there, is there. If not, get running after that delivery guy.
Dishwashers need a cold supply of water often taken from the mains supply at the sink so it’s best to have the dishwasher as near to the sink as possible, as this minimises the number of things that can affect the water flow. There should be a fill and drain hose which may be turned either left or right to suit the installation.
It’s important to correctly level the dishwasher as this helps with correct closure and sealing of the door which will prolong the life of your machine.
Avoid any kinks in the hose which can prevent or slow down the flow of water. If the machine is to be connected to new pipes or ones that have not been used for a while, run the water for several minutes before you connect the inlet hose. This will help prevent sand or rust clogging the filter in the inlet hose.
At the back of most dishwashers is a water inlet which will connect, via a PVC hose, to small valves that are linked to the plumbing all around the house. By using these valves you can turn off the water to your dishwasher if needs be without disrupting the supply to the rest of the house.
The drain hose can be connected either to the sink outlet siphon or to a wall outlet that has a vent hole. It makes no difference which way the drain hose faces but if you are using an extension to the drain hose, it must be no longer than two metres and the diameter cannot be less than that of the hose provided.
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