How to Remove a Dishwasher: A Step-by-Step Guide

Is It Time To Remove Your Dishwasher?

Got an old dishwasher you need to get rid of? Or maybe you’re prepping for a kitchen remodel? Removing a dishwasher can seem like a tricky task, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! By following these straightforward instructions, you’ll safely and efficiently remove your dishwasher, making room for a new one or just freeing up space in your kitchen.

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Crescent wrench
  • Voltage/current detector pen
  • Cardboard (larger than the bottom of the dishwasher)
  • An old towel

Step 1: Disconnect the Power

Firstly, safety is key. Dishwashers are electrical appliances, so you need to disconnect the power supply before doing anything else. Locate your circuit breaker and flip the switch dedicated to your dishwasher to the off position. If your dishwasher is plugged into an outlet under the sink, simply unplug it.

dishwasher circuit breaker

Step 2: Shut Off the Water Supply

Under your kitchen sink, you’ll find the water supply line leading to your dishwasher. Follow this line to the valve and turn it clockwise until it’s tight. This will shut off the water flow to your dishwasher.

Step 3: Disconnect the Water Supply Line

water supply line

Source: The Spruce

Using a crescent wrench, loosen the metal nut that connects the water supply line to the dishwasher. Be ready with a towel to mop up any residual water.

Step 4: Disconnect the Drain Hose

Locate the drain hose, which runs from your dishwasher to your sink’s drain or garbage disposal. Use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp securing the hose. Carefully pull the hose away, and be prepared for some water spillage.

dishwasher drain hose

Source: The Spruce

Step 5: Detach from the Countertop

Open the dishwasher door and look under the counter to find the screws securing the dishwasher to the countertop. Use a screwdriver to remove these screws and set them aside.

Step 6: Remove the Bottom Panel

At the bottom of the dishwasher, you’ll see a panel covering the underside. Unscrew this panel and set it aside. This reveals the internal connections, including the power supply, water supply, and drain hose.

Step 7: Disconnect the Water Supply from the Dishwasher

With the bottom panel removed, you can now fully access the water supply line. Using your crescent wrench, loosen the nut until the line is free. Again, have your towel handy to catch any water.

Step 8: Loosen the Dishwasher’s Front Legs

dishwasher legs

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The dishwasher is typically held up by four leveling legs. Using your wrench, turn the front legs counterclockwise to create space between the dishwasher and the floor. This will help when you tilt and maneuver it out from under the counter.

Step 9: Loosen the Dishwasher’s Back Legs

Place a piece of cardboard in front of the dishwasher to protect your floor. Lift the dishwasher slightly and slide it onto the cardboard. Carefully pull the dishwasher out from under the counter a few inches. Reach underneath to loosen the back legs in the same manner as the front legs.

Step 10: Confirm the Power is Disconnected

Before fully removing the dishwasher, use a voltage detector pen to ensure no power is running to it. If the pen lights up, the power is still on. Double-check the circuit breaker. If all is safe, proceed to the electrical connections beneath the dishwasher. Unscrew the nuts on the white, black, and copper wires, then disconnect them.

Step 11: Remove the Dishwasher

removing dishwasher

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With everything disconnected, carefully slide the dishwasher out the rest of the way. You may need to maneuver it gently to get past any remaining obstacles.

And… You’re Done!

Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed your dishwasher. Whether you’re replacing it with a new model or just clearing space, you’ve tackled a challenging task.

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Dishwasher Removal FAQs

How do I dispose of my old dishwasher?

Most appliance retailers offer disposal services when delivering a new unit. Alternatively, check with your local waste management for recycling options. You can also donate working dishwashers to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

How long does it take to remove a dishwasher?

On average, it takes about one hour to remove a dishwasher. If you encounter complications, such as flooring issues, it may take longer.

What should I do with the space after removing the dishwasher?

If you’re not installing a new dishwasher right away, consider adding cabinetry to match your kitchen or installing shelving. It’s also a convenient spot for a trash can or rolling storage containers.

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