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How to Remove an Old Dishwasher

remove old dishwasherNow that Santa has brought you some new appliances for your kitchen, it’s time to remove that old dishwasher to replace it. The good news is, you don’t have to be a master plumber or an experienced handyman to remove an old dishwasher. Most built-in dishwasher appliances are installed the same way. So, it’s usually not a difficult or lengthy job to remove an old dishwasher from your kitchen to replace it with a new appliance.

How to Remove an Old Dishwasher

This do it yourself project doesn’t take very long and is not a difficult task. But, like with many other types of appliances, it’s knowing what to do when which is most important. In other words, you’ve got to uninstall it in the reverse order of the way it was installed (for the most part) so it goes smoothly. If you see future potential out of it, then you can always revive old appliances, and a dishwasher is no different.

Removing a built-in dishwasher without damaging it or surrounding attachments can seem like an overwhelming task. But, with the right tools and steps, you can remove your built-in dishwasher with ease. —Do It Yourself.com

Unless you are planning a total kitchen gut for a complete remodel, this will be a quick and simple job. Of course, you’ll need a replacement to put in its place right away. It’s also a chance to do some cleaning in the space where it usually isn’t accessible. Before you pull your old built-in dishwasher out, be sure the replacement will fit nicely into the space. If you’ve already taken measurements and have a replacement appliance ready to go, then you can remove the old one. Here’s how to remove an old dishwasher that’s installed under the kitchen counter:

  1. Empty the cabinet under the kitchen sink. The first thing you must do to remove an old dishwasher is to empty the cabinet space under the kitchen sink. You’ll need room to work and the more space you can free up, the better.
  2. Take a moment to inspect the inside and clean it. After you empty the space under the kitchen sink, take a moment to inspect the inside of the cabinet. You might find water damage, mold, mildew, or pests. This is a prime opportunity to clean it thoroughly and throw out old items stored for so long.
  3. Turn off the water and the electrical power supplies. Now, it’s time to shut off the water and the electrical power to the dishwasher. Go to the main breaker panel in your house and locate the breaker supplying power to the dishwasher and shut it off. Then, turn off the water supply to the appliance.
  4. Undo the electrical wiring connected to the dishwasher. Next, you’ll have to disconnect the electrical wiring that supplies power to the dishwasher. Take the panel off the front of the appliance to expose the electrical wiring. Use a voltage meter to ensure there’s no power to the unit. Then, disconnect the wires, starting with the green wires, then the white wires, and last, the black wires.
  5. Carefully disconnect the drain line connected to the appliance. Get a few towels and a bucket before you jump into disconnecting the drain line to the dishwasher. You’ll use these to catch the water in the drain line. Carefully disconnect the drain line and then you can pull the appliance out from under the counter.

If you have to dispose of an old dishwasher, you can phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We deal with all sorts of junk, including household appliance removal and much more.

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