How do I disassemble my built-in dishwasher?

You can dismantle a built-in dishwasher in the following way: First, you have to disconnect the dishwasher from the wall socket, the tap and the drain. Once this has been done, remove the front panel and the plinth from the dishwasher. Then remove all the screws that secure the dishwasher to the worktop and/or the cabinet next to it. The final step is to unscrew the feet of the dishwasher and lower them, after which you can slide the dishwasher out from under the kitchen worktop.

How do I disassemble my built-in dishwasher?



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How to remove a built-in dishwasher?

To remove your old dishwasher, follow these steps:

Step 1: Disconnect everything

Turn off the tap, unplug the power cord and disconnect the drain hose. Do this before you slide the dishwasher forward, or you risk pulling something.

Step 2: Remove the front panel and plinth

The front panel on most models can be removed by unscrewing the screws at the back. Be sure to put the panel away neatly. This will prevent the panel from being damaged and no longer fitting on your new dishwasher.

Then also remove the plinth so you can see the feet under the appliance.

Step 3: Unbolt the dishwasher

The dishwasher may have screws on the inside to the kitchen worktop, the wall or the cabinet next to it. You’ll need to remove the screws, or lift the dishwasher out of its suspension system. Be careful not to damage your countertop in the process.

Step 4: Lower the dishwasher

There are three or four feet at the bottom of the dishwasher. Turn the feet down at the bottom of the dishwasher so that it is easier to slide out of the niche. If you can’t reach the back leg, there is often a screw at the front for that purpose.

Tip: Hold your dishwasher inside so that your hands don’t get stuck between the dishwasher and the recess.

Step 5: Getting rid of your old dishwasher

If you get another dishwasher and want to get rid of your old model, remember to take it to a recycling centre.

All individual parts can be reused, which is significantly better for the environment.

How does a built-in dishwasher fit?

How a dishwasher fits varies from model to model. It can be hung on a bracket that attaches to the other cabinet, the countertop or the wall. If there is no hanging system, the dishwasher is only attached via the electrical outlet and the drain and water hose.

Attaching a new front panel to the dishwasher

When your kitchen gets a new look, it’s not always necessary to take out your dishwasher. Only when you get a new dishwasher or move it, for example, is removal necessary. Otherwise, you can easily make it match your new kitchen cabinets by replacing just the front panel on the door.

You remove the old front panel from the door by unscrewing it. In most cases there is a screw in each corner which you can unscrew with a screwdriver.

The new front panel is mounted back onto the door of your dishwasher in the same way, giving your dishwasher a whole new look within 15 minutes!

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