How do I disassemble my built-in dishwasher

Most dishwashers last for years, but there may still be times when you need to remove it for a repair or because you’re due for a replacement model. You can then choose to have your dishwasher removed by a specialized company, but you can also do it yourself very easily. In this article you will read exactly how to do it.

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How to remove a built-in dishwasher

To remove your old dishwasher, follow the following step-by-step plan:

Step 1: Disconnect everything

Turn off the faucet, unplug the dishwasher and disconnect the drain hose. Do this before you slide the dishwasher forward, otherwise you run the risk of pulling something broken.

Step 2: Remove the front panel and plinth

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

Next, remove the baseboard as well so you can clearly see the feet under the appliance.

 

Step 3: Detach the dishwasher

The dishwasher may be attached to the kitchen countertop, wall or cabinet next to it with screws on the inside. 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

At the bottom of the dishwasher you will find three or four legs. Turn the legs at the bottom of the dishwasher down so you can slide it out of the niche more easily. If you can’t reach the back leg easily, there’s often a screw on the front for that.

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

 

Step 5: Getting rid of your old dishwasher

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

This is because all the individual parts can be reused, which is considerably better for the environment.

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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 just replacing 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 that you can get loose with a screwdriver. The new front panel is mounted in the same way back on the door of your dishwasher and within fifteen minutes your dishwasher has a whole new look!