How to Install an Integrated Dishwasher

An integrated dishwasher is automatically not any different than a standard built-in dishwasher, but aesthetically it’s quite distinct. An integrated dishwasher has mounting brackets and hardware for installing a cover panel which matches the remaining cupboards in the kitchen, making the installed integrated microwave appear like another cupboard. You can set up an integrated microwave’s plumbing and electric in precisely the same fashion as a standard built-in dishwasher in around an hour with a few common hand tools.

Switch off the breaker to the dishwasher’s wiring, and verify that the power is eliminated by holding a noncontact electrical tester against the electric cable below the kitchen sink. If the tester’s light comes on, turn off more breakers or the main breaker to the home until the tester indicates that power is off.

Switch off the water main to the home, then turn on the kitchen faucet to get rid of any water pressure within the system. Remove the hot water supply line to the faucet with an adjustable wrench. Hold the distribution valve with one adjustable wrench and loosen the fitting over the tube with another adjustable wrench. Pull the valve off, the tapered ferrule and the coupling from the tubing. Slide a coupling and ferrule from a dual-feed provide valve over the tube, then connect the valve to the end of the tubing. Finger-tighten the coupling, then fasten the coupler to the valve with the adjustable wrenches. Combine the faucet’s hot water supply line to one of this feed nipples onto the valve and tighten the coupler having an adjustable wrench.

Disconnect the mounting hardware and bracket from the front of the dishwasher as outlined at the unit documentation. Center the bracket over the back side of a matching cabinet panel, and mark the hole locations for the mounting screws through the bracket’s holes. Pull the bracket from the panel and drill a shallow 1/8-inch pilot hole using a power drill to the panel at each hole location. Then reposition the panel and drive one of the included mounting screws to each mounting hole. Replace the panel on the front of the dishwasher.

Open and shut the door to confirm the operation of this doorway. If it opens and closes properly, hold the doorway at a 45-degree angle and let go of the doorway. If it doesn’t stay at a 45-degree angle by itself, tighten or loosen the doorway spring in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Cut a hole between the lower, back-edge of this side of the sink cabinet and the dishwasher cabinet with a hole saw. Feed the electrical cable through the hole to the dishwasher cabinet.

Attach a flexible supply line to the water inlet on the back of the dishwasher. Position the dishwasher in front of the cabinet opening, and feed the ends of the drain line and the supply line through the hole to the sink cupboard. Push the dishwasher to the cupboard and pull the slack of both lines to the sink cupboard.

Adjust the toes of the dishwasher so that the top edge of the doorway is even with the bottom of the countertop. Open and shut the dishwasher door a couple of times to ensure that it doesn’t scrape on the countertop. Then fasten the microwave mounts into the bottom of the cabinet frame with the included mounting screws and a power drill.

Reach under the dishwasher and pull on the electric cable toward the front of the unit. Slide the end of the cable to the wiring clamp, and push about 8 inches of wire to the wiring compartment prior to tightening the wiring clamp with a screwdriver. Remove the outer sheathing from the cable inside the compartment with a knife. Then strip 1/2 inch of insulation from the ends of the white and black wires.

Combine the end of the black cable from the electric cable to the black cable from the dishwasher with a wire nut. Then connect the white wires in similar fashion. Wrap the end of this bare wire around the green grounding screw and tighten the screw with a screwdriver. Snap on the wiring compartment cover to position over the front of the compartment, then put the lower panel cover across the bottom edge of the dishwasher, and fasten it with both mounting screws.

Connect the drain line to the dishwasher drain on the trash disposal, and tighten the clamp with a screwdriver. Then connect the supply line to the open feed on the warm water dual-feed provide valve beneath the sink. Tighten the coupler to the valve with an adjustable wrench.

Turn on the water main and the electric circuit. Examine the operation of the dishwasher and await any leaks.

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