We got a new dishwasher, and we installed it ourselves!


On Saturday my husband and I installed a new dishwasher! Our “old” dishwasher (5 years and 5 months is not “old” in my opinion…arg) started making a horrible noise. I searched online for possible solutions to making the noise go away and the only answers I found were to replace the motor. After calling the manufacturer (Whirlpool – I won’t ever buy another dishwasher (or possibly any appliance) made by them again) to find out how much a new motor would cost ($181 + $20 shipping) I decided it really wasn’t worth it. Not only would I have to purchase the part, but I’d also need someone to come out and install it. In the end I could probably buy a new dishwasher for the same amount of money to fix the old one, and it wouldn’t have a warranty.

So, we decided to get a new dishwasher. I shopped around a little bit and ended up getting a Samsung. Turns out many of the other leading dishwasher brands are made by Whirlpool, which I vowed not to ever purchase again. So the Samsung was the winner, and to save some money (about $120), I thought we could install it ourselves. I did a few “how to install a dishwasher” searches on google and found some helpful videos that lead me to believe it wouldn’t be that difficult to install. And the videos were right, it wasn’t to bad….

It took us about 4 hours to complete the installation project.
Here’s how we did it:

ask father-in-law to bring over dolly
use dolly to transport new dishwasher from garage to kitchen
open box and inspect dishwasher
(watch father-in-law make a ‘house’ with window for sweet pea – she loves it!!)
turn water off
turn off electricity
uninstall old dishwasher
(say goodbye to father-in-law and thank him for his help)
(clean under sink – ick)

read install manual for new dishwasher
(put sweet pea down for a nap)
(eat lunch)
attach all the loose pieces of dishwasher kit that we purchased (items that the dishwasher doesn’t come with, like the plumbing parts and electrical cord)
remove electrical box cover
(call father for electrical help. We took the cord off the old dishwasher, but it didn’t have color coded wires (which is odd) so he told us to use an extension cord)
cut an extension cord in half and splice cord to expose internal wires (black, white, green)
line up and tape electrical wire and water line to floor to match the channels on the base of new dishwasher
slide dishwasher under counter
dishwasher doesn’t fit under counter, it’s about 1/8th” to tall
Remove plastic leveling feet from base of dishwasher and slide enough cardboard (from box dishwasher came in) under the sides of the dishwasher to level it
level dishwasher
mount to counter
attached water line
wire electrical (green to green, black to black, white to white)
put electrical box cover back on
turn water and electricity back on
cross fingers that everything works – it does…and presto, we have a new dishwasher!
load dishwasher, turn on and check for leaks
no leaks, yay!
and last, but not least: clean house…styrofoam and cardboard everywhere!

And that’s how a husband and wife team up to get the job done on a Saturday afternoon.
Thanks hubby, you’re the best!!


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